Srinagar: Rejecting Indian Home minister Rajnath Singh’s statement, blaming Pakistan for ongoing bloodbath in Kashmir, as “pot calling the kettle black”, joint resistance group of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik called for observing July 20 as black day.
In a joint statement issued here, the leaders urged people to hoist black flags over all the residential houses, commercial establishments like shops and important landmarks and squares and observing a blackout from 8:30 pm to 9 pm by switching off all bulbs and lighting. They also called for holding programmes highlighting the “atrocities carried by Indian forces in every small and big Masjid.”
The unified resistance leadership also called for observing complete shutdown until 2 pm on Thursday.
“From 2 pm, there would be a break in shutdown while complete shutdown would again be observed on Friday (July 22), and observed on both sides of the divide and in entire world as Kashmir Day.”
They also 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 innocent Kashmiri civilians by the frenzied forces.
Appealing the international human rights organizations to pressurize New Delhi to stop the grave human rights violations in Kashmir, they urged them to take strong note of the “state-sponsored terrorism” and play their role in protecting the lives of people of the region.
They also termed the statement of Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, blaming Pakistan for the situation in Kashmir as baseless, farthest from the truth and an attempt to mislead the people of India and the international community.
“By accusing Pakistan, New Delhi was trying to give legitimacy to the atrocities and barbarism its forces are carrying out against the people of Kashmir. After the martyrdom of armed resistance commander, Burhan Muzaffar 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,” they said.
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 government forces.
Criticizing the Indian leadership, the leadership said 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.
Referring to Rajnath Singh’s statement that people of Kashmiri are “our own people” and that he would talk with them, the leadership said they wonder why there was so much discrepancy between India’s word and deed.
“Such ‘sweet talk’ can no longer mislead the people of Kashmir”. They said Kashmiri have for the last 70 years been struggling against “illegal occupation by India and no amount of its military might against them will silence the people of Kashmir.”
In the joint statement, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said time had come for New Delhi to give up its stubborn stance on Kashmir and listen to the people of Kashmir.
“The way Kashmiris have expressed themselves on the streets, New Delhi cannot ignore it or shut its eyes to this reality. By accepting peoples verdict, India’s claim of being a democratic country would gain ground and earn it the respect of international community,” they said.