SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership has called for complete shutdown on Wednesday to protest against the “bloodbath unleashed by forces” in Pulwama and the “innocent killings” carried by “trigger happy cops” in Kashmir.
It also appealed people to offer funeral prayers in absentia after Zuhr prayers for slain militants Abu Dujana and Aadil Lelhari who were killed in a gunfight with government forces on Tuesday in Hakhripora, Pulwama.
In a statement, the leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik, said the shutdown was also against the continuous raids, “torture” and arrest of youth, and the frequent CASOs being launched by army and other forces in villages of south Kashmir in which common people “are targeted and made to suffer”.
Terming the use of what it called “brutal force under the garb of CASO” in south Kashmir districts, killing of a civilian Firdous Ahmed Khan besides injuring 40 others, entering Pulwama hospital and “firing on patients and hospital staff” as “worst form of state repression”, the leadership said it was evident that government forces have been given a free hand to kill and commit atrocities on people.
The leadership said that firing pellets and tear gas shells on students “makes it clear” that there is no scope for peaceful protest against “atrocities and highhandedness” committed on people.
Paying rich tributes to two militants Abu Dujana and Arif Lelhari, the leaders said “Kashmiri nation is giving huge sacrifices for a sacred cause and these sacrifices will remain as true assets for the Kashmir movement”.
The leadership said it is because of the “continuous repression”, “torturing” of youth, frequent raids on their homes, and treating them with harsh laws that Kashmiri youth are pushed to pick up arms. They said New Delhi should shun its “rigidness and stubborn approach” and understand that without the resolution of Kashmir issue, peace in the subcontinent and South Asia was impossible.