SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Wednesday said pro-India political parties of the state have been surreptitiously eroding the special status accorded to the disputed territory to “please their masters in New Delhi”.
“The latest assault in this regard is the implementation of GST in its current form in the disputed land which first the NC and now PDP are pushing for,” the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said in a statement.
They said the “arm twisting tactics” of authorities, which the leadership is subjected to, is being extended to traders and civil society members of Kashmir for their stand regarding the defending of the special status and interest of Kashmiri people.
“Arresting and detaining them in jails and at homes is highly regrettable and against all norms of democratic behavior,” they said.
The leaders said the people of J&K for the last 70 years have been relentlessly struggling for securing their basic political right acknowledged and guaranteed by the world and are sacrificing tremendously for it.
Geelani, Mirwaiz, and Malik said the formation of J&K Coordination Committee (JKCC) is a welcome step and that the leadership extends its support to it for dealing with the matter.
“The concerns and misgivings expressed by JKCC should be addressed by authorities before any move to implement the law is taken which will otherwise force people to resist it,” they said, adding, the Kashmir Bar Association should also join the coalition “to give it more support”.
They also strongly condemned the repeated curfew and restrictions imposed in downtown Srinagar by authorities. It said to punish and harass the resilient people of these areas has become a regular feature of “this anti-Kashmir” government which keeps breaking its records of “repression and revenge” on people.
Meanwhile, the leaders expressed deep anguish over the indiscriminate firing by government forces on protestors in Bamnoo village of Pulwama in which several people were injured and many houses completely destroyed.
They also paid glowing tributes to three militants Jahangir Ahmed of Keller, Akhter Alam of Reasi, and Kifayat of Bamnoo, Pulwama who were killed in gunfight with forces.