Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Saturday said that any move to change the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir will be resisted and opposed by the people of Kashmir at all costs.
According to the joint statement issued here, JRL leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said that any measure to undermine the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir are aimed at changing the demographic character of the state that has a direct bearing on Right to self-determination guaranteed by the Indian state at the UN, and ratified by the world body itself.
“The move will be resisted and opposed by the people of Kashmir at all costs,” the statement said.
“The complete strike observed across the length and breadth of Kashmir and in Chenab valley, Kistwar, Doda and other areas clearly bears this out,” the statement said.
The leadership said for the last seven decades and particularly in the last three decades people of Kashmir and the leadership with the full support of people in Chenab valley, Kishtwar, Doda and across to Kargil are engaged in a political struggle based upon the principle of truth and justice to resolve the political conflict raging in the region since the partition of the subcontinent.
“People have been greatly sacrificing and tirelessly striving for their just cause which the world acknowledges but GOI does not want to accept the reality 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,” they said.
JRL said whether it is the daily killing of people especially the youth, critically injuring those protesting oppression or arbitrary arrest of youth and slapping them with PSA or the targeting of leadership through NIA/ED or intimidating civil society members and writers, all means are being adopted to crush the people’s political movement while on the other hand.
“There is an all out effort by the GoI towards assimilation of JK into the Indian union through eroding its special status and changing its demographic composition,” the statement claimed.
The leadership said that people have to be very cautious and vigilant to these machinations adopted against them and their political movement and have to safeguard the sacrifices made by fellow Kashmiris for the just political and humanitarian cause.