SRINAGAR: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Monday called for a complete shutdown on Saturday, August 12, in protest against the ongoing “genocide” of Kashmiris and the plans to abrogate Article 35A of the Indian Constitution that empowers the Jammu Kashmir legislature to define “permanent residents” of the state.
The JRL has urged people to protest against such “anti-Muslim and anti-Kashmir” actions by Indian rulers who are “backed by RSS”.
In a statement issued here, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said, “(The) ongoing killing spree, genocide of young Kashmiris, hooliganism of forces especially (in) south Kashmir, NIA/ED terrorism and ploy to change (the) state subject law in Jammu Kashmir will face stern resistance from Kashmiris.”
The leadership said that for the past many months, Kashmir has been turned into a “killing field” and the “massacre” of young unarmed Kashmiris has become the order of the day. “Our young ones are killed with impunity and Indian trigger-happy forces, disrespecting every bit of humanity, are seeing mutilating their corpses and taking selfies with the dead bodies,” the JRL said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said that propaganda is being spread that Kashmiri youth who bear pellets and bullets on their bodies are doing it for some hundred rupees. “Moreover, a vicious defamation campaign to malign (the) resistance leadership is (continuing) on Indian media channels,” they said.
They also lashed out at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. “(The) same Mehbooba Mufti used to visit the bereaved families of martyrs, especially in south Kashmir, and shed tears, but after she assumed power she has become (the) most brutal and has defeated all previous records of oppression and tyranny,” they said.
They said by eradicating the state subject law in Jammu Kashmir, Indian rulers “backed by RSS” want to fulfil their dream of changing the state’s Muslim majority into a minority as Israel has done in Palestine.
“If these plots are not stopped, we will be forced to call people of Kashmir to come on roads,” they said.