Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership said on Monday that “bullying, intimidations and inducements” cannot suppress Kashmiris.
Several leaders of the resistance groupings and parties demonstrated at Press Enclave against a recent media report that had said Home ministry has suggested the “control of mosques and media” besides a host of other measures to control Kashmir situation.
“Intimidation, inducements and oppressive measures have and can never force nation of Kashmir into submission,” the leaders said.
During the program called by united resistance leadership, leaders from Syed Ali Geelani-led APHC (G), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led APHC (M) and JKLF led by Yasin Malik gathered at Abi Guzar and marched towards the Press Enclave.
The protesters chanted pro-freedom, pro-prisoner and pro-martyrs’ slogans. They demanded release of prisoners and “condemned oppressive measures and tactics of occupation”.
The protest sit-in and rally was addressed by APHC (G) leader Raja Meraj ud din Kalwal, JKLF leader Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and APHC (M) leader Ghulam Nabi Zaki.
“Bullying a nation that has pledged to free itself is only daydreaming,” a spokesperson said.
The leaders termed home ministry’s plans as a “threat”.
“We are told that our imams, our Masajid and Masjid committees will be penalized. It is also being proposed that resistance leadership should be penalized through various measures, youth in resistance should be booked under PSA and unity among resistance camp be busted by some means,” the speakers said.
The leaders added that “oppressive measures have not succeeded to break the will of Kashmiris in the past and these will not succeed in breaking our resistance in future also”.
The centre has, reportedly, drafted suggestions in an assessment report regarding the prevailing situation in Kashmir and called for “control” of the mosque, madrasas, print and TV media, changes in political atmosphere, strengthening of intelligence set-up and reaching out to the moderate faction of Hurriyat. The report has been reportedly sent to National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
The protesters also condemned the treatment meted out to incarcerated Kashmiris inside jails. “
The speakers at the protest said that people who are being released by courts are being re-arrested and kept in police stations for months.
JKLF leaders Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Siraj Ud Din Mir, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, professor Javed, APHC (M) leaders Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Abdul Rashid Untoo, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Advocate Yasir Ahmad Dalal, Farooq Ahmad Sodagar, Abdul Majid Wani, APHC (G) leaders Meraj ud Din Kalwal, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Zaheer Abbas, Nisar Hussain Rather, Muhammad Yasin Ataie, Yaar Muhammad Khan, Imtiyaz Haider, Abdul Rashid Lone along with resistance leaders Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi and Firdous Ahmad Shah participated in the protest program.