SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership has strongly condemned and denounced the killing of civilians Muhamamd Yasin Bhat of Zainapora, Shopian and Owais Ahmed Dar of Kakapora, Pulwama, by government forces, saying that people of Kashmir and leadership won’t remain silent on the continued and unabated “brutal murder” of Kashmir’s next generation.
In a statement, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik expressed deep sorrow and anger over the killing of Kashmiris by Indian forces. “Lakhs of forces deployed across Kashmir Valley have been given a free reign to use pellets and bullets indiscriminately on innocent and unarmed peaceful protestors and kill them in a cold blood,” it said.
The leadership termed it unfortunate that the “Government of India continues to think that its policy of oppression and military aggression against civilians especially Kashmiri youth will succeed in crushing the people’s movement and their aspirations”.
“Let it be clear to those who pursue repression and authoritarianism as a policy that the dominant sentiment of people of Kashmir won’t be muzzled or quelled by such inhuman tactics and people of Kashmir are committed to fight for the right of self determination,” the leadership said.
It urged the people of Kashmir to “remain steadfast at this juncture when they are under assault from all sides by the powers and to stay united and have faith so that the sacred and just political movement, for which thousands of people have spilled their blood, moves towards its goal”.
Paying rich tributes to three militants including Muhammad Yasin Itoo of Nagam who killed in Shopian encounter, the leadership said, “Kashmir has a lost a leader, who always advocated unity among people and leadership and had a great committed towards the freedom movement.”
Geelani, Mirwaiz, and Malik criticised government for imposing frequent curfews in downtown Srinagar and other areas “turning them into a military fortress whenever incidents of state violence against Kashmiris take place in the valley”.
“(The) curfew restrictions, bans, blockades, and curbs is the state’s standard response to quell and crush protests and resistance to oppression and to contain the situation on ground,” the leadership said. “Repeatedly educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities are shut down by the government as part of this strategy, leaving the career of thousands of students in jeopardy.”
“It is the same government who resorted to chest beating and crying hoarse last year, when schools and colleges remained closed,” the leadership said.