Beef ban: Separatists call for strike on Sep 12 in Kashmir

Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) have called for a general strike on September 12 against the ban imposed on the sale of beef in the valley.

A hardliner Hurriyat Conference spokesperson here today said that the High Court order on beef ban is politically motivated and aimed at creating communal tension.

"Kashmiris respect sentiments of other religions but this beef ban is clear interference in religious matters of Kashmiri Muslims, he said and asked people to observe a complete shutdown on September 12. Supporting the strike call, moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Molvi Umar Farooq said the HC order banning beef in the state was 'unacceptable'.

"The HC decision directly interferes with the religious matters of Muslims who form the majority in the state. It will not be tolerated," he added. Mirwaiz also appealed people to hold protests at all religious places including Masjids and Imam Baras after Friday congregation prayers against the court's order. Meanwhile, supporting the strike call, a JKLF spokesperson said that ban imposed on beef is a direct interference in religious affairs of Muslims.

"These kinds of orders will harm religious harmony in this hill state. Such kind of orders are carved only to harm Kashmir issue and implement RSS agenda," he alleged. Muslims will never accept these politically motivated orders and a stiff resistance will be given to all such acts, he added. The strike call comes a day after the J&K HC ordered the state government to strictly implement an existing order which bans the sale of beef in the state after hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against cow slaughter.

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