SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Wednesday “strongly” condemned the use of force against students and called for peaceful protest after Friday prayers in solidarity with the student community.
In a joint statement issued here, the leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik, criticised the state administration for “invading” the educational institutions and assaulting students saying, “it is absolute state-terrorism”.
“We won’t allow any depraved action against our youngsters. Students are the future of our nation,” they said and hailed the student community for “showing exemplary valour”.
“We are with you,” the leadership while addressing the students said, adding, “The nation stands with you.”
The leaders said people through (election) boycott declared their verdict, which “frustrated Delhi and its henchmen”. “After the flop show of parliamentary by-elections, the forces were infuriated, used unwanted force against protesting students, barged into Pulwama College, and thrashed students without any justification,” they said.
“We salute (the students) and are all praise for our young generation for their bravery. They (students) stand guarantee for our promising and bright future and that is what scares New Delhi.”
The pro-freedom leadership said though authorities (in New Delhi) tried hard to bargain our interests, “however they failed”.
Ridiculing the state cabinet for its plea for maintenance of peace, the leadership said, “It is forces and state police that are creating anarchy and lawlessness and resorting to brute and callous approach against the peace-loving people of the state.”
“Puppet rulers instead of calling people for maintenance of peace should check and restrict their forces. There is an undeclared martial law and state has been virtually handed over to forces who feel free to kill anybody coming in their way. Till now, no one was brought to book,” the leaders said.
The leadership said forces “are law unto themselves” and that no accountability exits. They said the army officer who tied a youth to the jeep instead of being held accountable is encouraged. “This is a shameful act that the said officer is being portrayed as a hero,” they said.
Strongly criticising NC, PDP and other pro-India parties, the pro-freedom leadership said, “They (pro-India parties) have no conscience. They are pursuing power politics and care least about the innocent people.”