Srinagar: The united pro-freedom leadership has called for the extension of the ongoing hartal till July 13 in the entire valley. In a joint statement issued on Monday, leaders of both Hurriyats and JKLF said that Martyrs’ Day July 13 would be observed as Reaffirmation Day on which Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq and Yasin Malik will march from Hyderpora Jamia Masjid and Maisuma towards Mazar-e-Shuhda Naqshband Sahab. There they will raise and repeat the slogan of the right to self-determination.
The three leaders said that the martyrdom of Burhan Wani and his two aides continued the tradition that began on July 13, 1931, a date observed in Kashmir as Martyrdom Day. The leaders warned the government to stop the killing of innocent and unarmed people of Kashmir or else the situation will take a serious turn for which New Delhi along with the state government will be held responsible. The leaders termed the government’s appeal to pro-freedom leaders for help in restoring normalcy as “a childish and illogical statement.”
“The Indian forces including the JK police are responsible for the current situation. The situation in the hospitals of the valley is scary and the Indian forces are targeting youth by firing bullets into heads and chests. The government should advice their masters in New Delhi to end the genocide and to not resort to targeted killings of innocent youth. Kashmir is not a war-mongering nation but is a peace-loving nation and is in need of peace. The key to open the doors of peace is with India. If they concede the disputed status of Kashmir and resolve it as per the wishes of Kashmir, normalcy will prevail not only in Kashmir but in the whole of South Asia,” the statement issued together by Geelani, Farooq and Malik said.
Calling for observation of July 13 as Reaffirmation Day, the leaders asked people to assemble at the Mazar e Shuhda Naqashband Sahab (RA) to pay tributes to Kashmiri martyrs since 1931 to 2016. “The whole nation would reaffirm that Kashmiris will not bow down before India’s forcible occupation till the last armed personnel is out of Kashmir. The valley will observe complete shutdown on 12 July to mark the martyrdom of at least 30 youth killed brutally in the past three days by the Indian forces,” the leaders said.
The leaders have asked people to observe sit-in protest in nearby mosques as and when curfew is lifted to protest against the Indian oppression.