Resistance leaders slam US silence on Kashmir during Modi visit

Resistance leaders slam US silence on Kashmir during Modi visit
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Call for protests after prayers today

SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the fresh wave of illegal and arbitrary crackdowns on the resistance leadership and on their aides and activists and on youth in general across the Valley, a statement issued by them on Thursday said.
“While the leadership continues to be under house arrest, dozens of leaders and activists have been detained in jails or caged in their homes. Raids are conducted on their homes day and night to harass them and their families,” the statement said.
The leadership also expressed deep regret and dismay that the government of the United States chose to maintain complete silence over the “brutal oppression” that the people of occupied Kashmir are subjected to by the Indian armed forces. “An alternative course would have seen the US putting pressure upon the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi during his visit to that country, to provide relief to the oppressed people of Kashmir and to immediately initiate serious steps towards the resolution of the Kashmir dispute,” they said.
The leaders said that the US was well aware that for the past 70 years the people of Jammu and Kashmir were engaged in a long and peaceful struggle for achieving their basic human and political right, the right to self determination, guaranteed by the UN but ruthlessly resisted and suppressed by the Indian state through the use of extreme force.
The leadership noted that instead of taking cognizance of these facts, the US government had strangely designated as a terrorist Syed Salahuddin, the veteran freedom fighter who supports the people’s right to self determination and was forced to take up arms to fight India’s military occupation and oppression, as many youngsters witnessing unprecedented repression are sadly doing even today, many a time laying down their precious lives.
The leaders said that this unjustified move by the US government to appease the government of India and their silence regarding the oppression and human rights situation in Kashmir, is not acceptable to the people of Kashmir who will also strongly protest against it across the Valley after Friday prayers.
Protests will also be held against the illegal and arbitrary arrests and detentions of resistance leaders, activists and youth and the raids on their homes being conducted across the Valley, the leaders said in their statement.