Hails people for condemning attack on yatris
SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Wednesday paid tributes to slain militants killed in Budgam and condemned restrictions imposed by government forces to prevent people from participating in funerals.
The leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik expressed deep sorrow over the killing of three youth Auqib Gul of Goripora, Tafazul Islam of Narbal, and Sajad Ahmed Gilkar of Nowhatta and paid glowing tributes to them. “It greatly pains us that our youth instead of pursuing a future for themselves are forced to take up arms to resist occupation and its consequent oppression upon the people of Kashmir. Many among the youth are those whom constant persecution and witch hunt by the state through slapping of PSAs and FIRs by police and other state agencies push them to the wall,” they said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz, and Malik said bloodshed on all sides is “uncalled for, unfortunate, and painful” and should stop and that can happen only when the reality of Kashmir is accepted and ways and means of resolving the dispute addressed by New Delhi.
The leaders strongly condemned the restrictions imposed in downtown Srinagar to prevent the funeral prayers of Sajad Ahmed of Nowhatta at Jamia Masjid and the indiscriminate teargas shelling and pellet firing on the mourners both in Hyderpora and Nowhatta in which scores of people got severely injured including some media men covering it.
“Such acts are catalysts for people’s resistance against injustice and tyranny,” they said.
Meanwhile, the leadership hailed the people of Kashmir for showing their deep resentment and unequivocal condemnation against the killing of Amarnath yatris and rushing to provide aid and assistance to the injured in hospitals.
They said it is highly commendable that despite being subjected to “severe state brutalisation and unprecedented repression” for decades, and hatred promoted against them through Indian electronic media, the people of Kashmir have retained their humanitarian values and their belief in the great Kashmir ethos is intact.
They said it is “heartening” to see the participation of all segments of society in protests over this “ghastly act”. “This should serve as an eye opener to those who encourage polarisation as a political tool and leave no stone unturned to demonise people through media and crush them by use of force for their just political aspirations that have historical and democratic bases.”
Referring to remarks made by the India’s Minister of State for home, Jitendra Singh at a press briefing in Srinagar on Wednesday, the leadership said, “Resorting to nationalistic rhetoric, denial of ground realities, and degrading the resistance leadership will not help in changing the grave situation in Kashmir for better. If GoI is seriously interested in welfare of youth of Kashmir and wants peace in the region then it has to engage with their political sentiment and aspirations and give them the basic right to decide their future dispensation as guaranteed by the first PM of India and the international community.”