JRL calls for shutdown today

Condemning the killing of two protesters at Dialgam village of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Saturday called for a complete shutdown today to protest against the killing of two civilians, including a woman.

According to the joint statement issued here, the leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik expressed their deep grief and anguish at the indiscriminate firing on people by Indian forces resulting in the killing two unarmed protesters at Dialgam.

 “Armed with draconian and lawless laws, which give them complete impunity to kill the people of Kashmir, especially youth, troops are killing people that too unarmed civilians at their will,” the leadership said.

They said that “the brutal use of force on the peaceful protesters at Dialgam, Islamabad has once again brought to fore the complete disregard for human life in Kashmir especially the youth.”

JRL said that at Brenty, Batapora, Dialgam, young Shadab Ahmed and the Tahira Begum became the fresh targets of the ‘forces brutality’ while as dozens of other protesters sustained bullet injuries due to ‘aggressive firing’ by the forces.

The leadership said among the dozens of injured youth, Aqib and Yasir are battling for life.

“Countless bullets were fired by the forces directly at the peaceful protesters, and the aim was to make the people pay for protesting,” JRL added.

Paying tributes to the two slain civilians including the woman at Dailgam, JRL urged people of Kashmir to observe a complete shutdown on Saturday to express their resistance and to protest against the ‘cold blooded murder’ of the two civilians and the injured.

 “While forces are selectively killing our youth on one hand, on the other entire pro-freedom leadership has been caged, and we not even allowed to express sympathy and solace with the bereaved families. The ruling regime has crossed all limits of repression and killings; imposition of curfews, restrictions and curbs has become an everyday affair in Kashmir,” the leadership said.

JRL also paid tributes to the two slain militants including Bashir Lashkari and Azad Ahmed and hailed their sacrifice.


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