SRINAGAR: Hardline Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani today called for a general strike on September 7 to protest against internationally renowned orchestra conductor Zubin Mehta’s concert here.
Geelani asked college and university students in the Valley to stage peaceful protests after Friday prayers to oppose the concert. He also called upon Imams (priests) to make the people aware about the “implications of such a show”.
The German embassy is holding a cultural program in the famous Shalimar Gardens on September 7 which will also feature performance by Mehta.
Geelani alleged that the concert is aimed at “turning the focus away” from Kashmir issue.
“The sole aim behind this music program is to take away the focus from Kashmir issue,” he said.
“What sense does this music show make? Does it mean that everything is normal here? People are being killed and by the way of this concert, you (organizers) want us to forget our sufferings, forget those killings and bloodshed,” he said.
He said the concert is of “no significance” to Kashmiris and that he “strongly opposes it”.
The separatist leader appealed to the people to observe “civil curfew” on September 7 and asked traders and transporters to observe complete shutdown.
“I appeal to the private car owners as well to observe the shutdown to register their protest,” he said.
Geelani, in reply to a question on a parallel show organized by civil society members on the same day, said, “I do not want to comment on that. People are best judges.” -PTI