Following the arrests and raids by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) here, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Wednesday decided to stage a ‘Dharna’ in New Delhi and court arrest at the headquarters of the investigation agency on September 09 (Saturday).
The senior pro-freedom leaders including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik while addressing a presser here at the historic Jamia Masjid said, “We have decided to fly to New Delhi on Sep 9 (Saturday). We will hold a demonstration there. We will court arrest at the NIA headquarters because we are their main targets.”
Mirwaiz and Malik were present on the occasion while Geelani addressed the media persons telephonically.
Malik announcing the decision called NIA as ‘Gabbar Singh’, saying that the central probe agency has ‘terrorized’ the whole Kashmiri nation.
The leadership said that the Government of India (GoI) is following a policy of coercion defamation and intimidation in Kashmir as it does not want to address the actual issue.
“It wants to change the whole narrative so diversionary tactics and propaganda is being used it’s a multi pronged approach to defame and malign the leadership, through personal attack on their integrity by spreading viscous lies about them and distorting and manipulating facts in order to create disillusionment among the masses regarding them and hence demoralize the Kashmiri masses from their just political struggle recognized by the world,” the JRL said.
The JRL said that a viscous and consistent propaganda through media especially electronic and social, is being carried out each day. Media trials are conducted on prime time television and Kashmiri movement is ridiculed and the leadership abused and Kashmiris humiliated.
“People of India are being fed with lies and propaganda. Intimidation and harassment of our family members associate friends acquaintances party cadres organizations associated with us or any and everyone they can lay their hands on is done through sending of so called notices of NIA,” JRL said, adding that using fear as a tool of intimidation against these people and psychologically tormenting them to put pressure on us.
“Even social and educational and legal institutions be it Anjuman Nust-ul-Islam, Auqaf Jama Masjid or Bar Association associated with leadership or the movement are being targeted and those working there harassed by sending them notices,” they said.
They said that the members of business community and now press and media fraternity and youth are also being targeted, harassed and jailed while writer’s intellectual’s artists respected members of civil society or anyone who raises a voice against oppression and for resolution of Kashmir dispute is intimidated by sending of the notices.
“The narrative of the Kashmir dispute and our struggle for self determination is being deliberately distorted and it is projected as a sponsored movement from across the border where money is the motivation and the end,” JRL said.
The leadership said that 700,000 armed forces that are stationed here making Kashmir the world’s most militarized zone is not explained.
“Did the more than one lakh people who were killed mercilessly by forces in the past 27 years die for money? Were the thousands of Kashmiris enforced into disappearances at the hands of forces for money? Are the thousands of people pelleted, blinded and maimed and handicapped for life, doing it for money,” the leadership asked.
They said that while killings, oppression and harassment continues the judicial route is now also being used to launch another offensive against the people of JK through ways to abrogate article 35-A and 370.
“The move aimed at settling outsiders in J&K in order to change the demography of the state is being pursued to render Kashmiris powerless and irrelevant and hence dilute the disputed nature of Kashmir. This move has a direct bearing on our Right to self determination guaranteed by the Indian state at the UN and ratified by the world body itself,” they said.
Pro-freedom leadership said that first leadership was labeled as anti national then separatist and now terrorists, for demanding the honoring of the commitments made to us by GOI at the UN and resolution of the dispute.
Leadership said that “it is extremely sad that our family members and relatives are being harassed and vilified by virtue of their relationship to us and those associated with us based on principles of political ideology, our activists aides workers and others are being targeted for their association with us. If the whole drama is being enacted to get to us we are ready to go to jail anytime but there is no question that we can be pressurized to move away from the path of seeking justice and resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the people’s aspirations and wishes.”
In this regard JRL including Syed Ali shah Geelani, Yasin Malik and myself will go to Delhi and present ourselves for arrest at the NIA headquarters,” said Mirwaiz Omar Farooq.
“Our political movement regarding our permanent future dispensation is a globally acknowledged and endorsed issue ratified by the world community at UN through various resolutions regarding it. Both India and Pakistan are a party to the dispute but the primary party is the people of J&K unless the dispute is resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of J&K our just struggle will continue,” the leaders said.