SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Saturday said any move to undermine the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir or change the demographic character of the state that has a direct bearing on the right to self-determination will be resisted by the people of Kashmir at all costs.
In a statement, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said for the last seven decades, particularly the last three decades, the people of Kashmir and the leadership “with the full support of people in Chenab Valley, Kishtwar, Doda and Kargil” are engaged in a political struggle “based upon the principle of truth and justice”.
“People have been greatly sacrificing and tirelessly striving for their just cause which the world acknowledges but the (government of India) GoI does not want to accept and hence there is an all out assault and suppression against the people of Kashmir from all quarters by GoI in collaboration with their local allies,” the leadership said.
“Whether it is daily killing of people, especially the youth, critically injuring those protesting oppression or arbitrary arrest of youth and slapping (on) them PSAs, targetting of leadership through NIA/ED, or intimidating civil society members and writers; all means are being adopted to crush the people’s political movement. And on the other hand, there (are) all out efforts by GoI towards assimilation of JK into Indian union through eroding its special status and changing its demographic composition.”
The leadership asked people to be very cautious and vigilant against these “machinations” adopted against them and their political movement and safeguard the sacrifices made by fellow Kashmiris for the “just” political and humanitarian cause.