Calling for a complete shutdown on Tuesday, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) appealed teachers, students and their parents to boycott all functions related to the Independence day celebrations.
JRL comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued here warned the government not to force teachers, students and their parents to participate in these functions.
The leadership appealed parents that they should stop their children from participating in the August 15, related functions.
“We are not against the freedom of any country and will provide them a chance to decide the future by allowing independent plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir, till then it doesn’t have any moral and constitutional right to organize the freedom celebrations on the soil of this state,” JRL said.
The leadership said that India itself attained freedom from British rule on 15 August 1947 and became an independent country but only after 72 days of this freedom, this country snatched the freedom rights of the Kashmiri people and forcibly occupied this region by landing its troops on 27 October and since then this occupation continues.
“This country merely on the bases of its military might is riding on the shoulders of the Kashmiri people and have snatched the freedom of millions of the people of this region,” they said.
The leaders said that Kashmiri nation is continuously demanding that India should call back its forces from Kashmir and give us a chance to decide our future.
“Kashmir is an internationally acknowledged dispute and Delhi can neither succeed in changing the status and nature of this state by its rigid and stubborn policy nor can be this region kept permanently under the forced control, they said and added that any tinkering or fiddling in article 35A won’t be tolerated.
The three pro-freedom leaders said that New Delhi is desperate to tamper with the Muslim majority character of Jammu and Kashmir.
Cautioning people against the ‘nefarious designs’ of Delhi and the local government in the state, JRL said that people won’t allow anyone to alter or interfere with the integrity and special status of the state and will safeguard it at all costs.
“Our demand for Right to Self Determination is purely a democratic demand and India has also promised to fulfill that demand on national as well as international levels but this country backtracked from its promises and is now busy in suppressing the genuine and just voices of the Kashmiri nation,” they said.
The leadership said that “it only adds salt to our bleeding wounds when they celebrate their Independence Day in an occupied territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
Lashing out at New Delhi, the resistance leaders said that if their conscience is alive, then it is better for them to celebrate these events only in their own country.
Paying tributes to the slain youth in Awenera Shopian gunfight, the resistance leadership said that they are laying their precious lives for a sacred cause.