People asked to switch off lights from 8:30 pm to 9 pm, raise black flags
Srinagar: The unified resistance leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday called for observing Wednesday as a ‘Black Day’ in the state.
In a joint statement issued here, they asked the people to hoist black flags over all the residential and commercial structures, landmarks, and squares.
The people should observe a “blackout” from 8:30 pm to 9 pm by switching off lights and organise programmes highlighting “atrocities carried out by the Indian forces in every small and big Masjid”, they said.
The leadership reiterated the call for observing complete shutdown till 2pm on Thursday.
“From 2 pm, there would be a break in the shutdown while complete shutdown would again be observed on Friday. The day would be observed on both sides of the divide and in entire world as Kashmir Day,” they said.
The leadership called upon the Kashmiri diaspora and the “humanistic people” across the globe, who believe in respecting human rights, to express solidarity with the people of Kashmir on Friday by staging demonstrations and processions to protest the killing, maiming, and blinding of Kashmiri civilians.
Appealing the international human rights organisations to pressurise New Delhi to stop “the grave human rights violations” committed by its forces in Kashmir, the leadership called upon them to take strong note of the “state-sponsored terrorism” and play their role in protecting the lives of people of the region.
The leaders termed the statement of the Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, against Pakistan as “baseless, farthest from the truth and an attempt to mislead the people of India and the international community”.
“By accusing Pakistan, New Delhi is trying to give legitimacy to the atrocities and barbarism its forces are carrying out against the people of Kashmir,” they said. “The martyrdom of armed resistance commander, Burhan Muzzafar Wani, the way state-sponsored terrorism was at display in Jammu & Kashmir and the way Kashmiri civilians were being targeted to be killed, maimed and blinded by the Indian forces, accusing Pakistan is not only a crude joke but stupid.”
The resistance leadership said that during the past 10 days, 46 persons had been killed, more than 3100 injured, over 120 maimed by the indiscriminate use pellet guns and even children are not spared during indiscriminate firing by the Indian forces.
Criticising the Indian leadership, the pro-freedom leadership said that instead of acknowledging and accepting the ground reality of kashmir and its disputed nature, they continue to exhibit “stubbornness and intransigence” as a result of which “not only are the people of Jammu and Kashmir caught in a quagmire but the entire South Asia is in a state of political uncertainty, worsening by the day”.
Commenting on Singh’s remarks that the people of Kashmiri “are our own people” and that he would talk with them, the resistance leaders said there was a discrepancy between India’s word and deed.
“Such sweet talk can no longer mislead the people of Kashmir,” they added.
“Kashmiris have been struggling for the last 70 years against their illegal occupation by India and no amount of its military might against them will silence the people of Kashmir. Time has come for New Delhi to give up its stubborn stance on Kashmir and listen to the people of Kashmir,” the leaders said.
New Delhi cannot ignore or shut its eyes over the way in which Kashmiris have expressed themselves on the streets following the killing of Burhan Wani, they said.
“By accepting people’s verdict, India’s claim of being a democratic country would gain ground and earn it the respect of international community,” they said.