SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Wednesday said Kashmiris are being killed and branded as terrorists in the garb of fighting “Islamic terrorism”. It also called for a complete shutdown on Friday and a peaceful sit-in protest outside UN office here.
They said killings of youth and branding them as militants, over ground workers (OGWs), protesters, secessionists, and sympathisers of the movement, “the systematic and planned execution” of Kashmiris to wipe them out continues with impunity.
In a statement issued here, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, said to register protest and deep resentment against the killings, “systematic genocide” and illegal detention of youth, and the “persecution” of leadership, they will lead a peaceful sit-in protest outside the UN office, Sonwar, after Friday prayers (which will be jointly offered at Astaan-e-Aaliya Sonawar) while a complete shutdown will be observed on that day.
“The sit-in will urge the UN to ask (the) government of India to stop the massacre of people in Kashmir and to remind (the world body) to fulfill its commitments made to the people of J&K,” the leadership said.
They said the “cold-blooded murder” of civilian Mohammad Abdullah of Bijbehara and a youth Rayees Ahmed Bhat of Badasgam is testimony to the fact that Kashmiris are liable to be killed simply by virtue of being under the occupation of Indian forces who are not accountable for their actions. The leadership said youth are being pushed to the wall and in response, they take to arms.
Geelani, Mirwaiz, and Malik said those escaping death are put behind bars for years under PSA and are repeatedly tormented by being asked to report to police stations. “The youth from Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad (Anantnag), Sopore, Shehr-e-Khaas (Old Srinagar), and other areas are persecuted as they are repeatedly beaten, harassed, and threatened by forces and police.”
“Thousands languishing in various jails are paying the price for their political ideology. Leaders such as Mohtarma Aasiya Andrabi despite keeping unwell are being subjected to state revenge. Villages are held hostage during CASOs by Indian forces. Our mosques are also not spared. The historic Jamia Masjid is targeted almost every Friday. The resistance leadership is now permanently caged and not even allowed to attend the funeral prayers of family members.”
The joint leadership said the “absolute servitude of PDP for its lust to stay in power” is making the people pay dearly as they “compromise” over the concerns and interests of the people of Kashmir and “facilitate the BJP-RSS agenda”.
“In such circumstances, the unity of purpose among all sections of people and leadership is the key to move forward and to achieve our goal. People have shown great strength of character, political maturity, and their belief in Islamic values by standing up for what is right despite the fact that they are under tremendous duress by the state,” the leadership said.