Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership has called for a complete shutdown on Sunday – the day the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, will visit the Valley. By observing strike, the leadership said, the people of Kashmir will prove to the world community and the Indian leadership that using military might against people and harassing their leaders cannot crush the genuine and people’s movement in Kashmir.
The leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said the Kashmir issue is not territorial or a matter of law-and-order but is a political dispute acknowledged by the United Nations through its 18 resolutions that give the right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir to choose their fate.
The leaders strongly condemned the fresh wave of “terror” unleashed by the Government of India against the resistance camp and people, saying New Delhi through military might is trying to choke all space for the pro-freedom leadership.
They said to keep the resistance leaders away from people, all “undemocratic” means are being employed by Delhi and its “stooges” in Kashmir while “worst forms of oppressive measures” are being used to suppress genuine dissent.
“Last year is witness to the worst ever and ultimate form of repression unleashed by forces that left thousands blinded and maimed by pellets, more than 126 youth killed, more than 15,000 injured with bullets and pellets and hundreds slapped with draconian PSA and lodged in various jails in and outside the state,” they said.
The leadership said “the fact remains that the real state of affairs in J&K are run and managed by the Indian Home Ministry, and every step is being taken on their direction while the so-called state government is only a stooge.
“Under a well-planned conspiracy to defame the Kashmiri leadership and the ongoing sacred movement for freedom on the directions of Indian home ministry, NIA has been assigned the job of harassing and intimidating Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders, their families, friends and business community. (The) basic purpose of the raid spree being carried out by NIA is to instil fear among pro-freedom leadership and people of Kashmir,” they said.
They also condemned the raids conducted by the NIA at the residences of Hurriyat leaders Agha Syed Al Moosvi, Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Showkat Bakshi, Zameer Thakur and others.
“Such oppressive tactics are not going to break the resolve of pro-freedom leaders who are duty-bound and committed to work towards the final settlement of Kashmir issue as per the wishes and aspirations of people,” the leadership said.