Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Thursday called for a state-level public meeting at Tourist Reception Centre (TRC), Polo view, on October 14.
The JRL, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, laid stress on “mass participation”.
“People have been asked to register their protest against incessant incidents of braid-chopping and attempts at altering and changing history, culture, heritage and Muslim majority status of state by authorities in New Delhi,” they said in a joint statement on Thursday.
They said that it was “important to call a public demonstration”. “The resistance movement is in its crucial stage; as such, it is pertinent to call and send a peaceful message to international community and urge them to facilitate legitimate rights and right to self-determination, pledged to subjugated people of the state,” they said.
“Braid-chopping is an attack on dignity and a war weapon against women folk,” the JRL said while asking people to stand against these “devilish” acts. “It was decided to resent and resist those elements, including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Nirmal Singh, for their shameful and provocative statements wherein they have pleaded for complete integration of state with Delhi.”
Referring to the ‘character assassination’ campaign launched by NIA sleuths against the resistance leadership, the traders’ fraternity, lawyers and intellectuals including the student community, the resistance leadership said, “New Delhi is all set to abolish state subject law incorporated in Article 370 [by] challenging it in Supreme Court of India. It is a well thought-out ploy, conspiracy and attack by state and union authorities against state’s specific and historical status, culture and its heritage.”
Appealing to people to “illustrate strength” by participating in the protest demonstration, they said “it is time to expose coalition partners, including PDP and BJP, for carrying out brutal killings, loot, plunder, unabated arrests” and urged people from Kupwara, Kernah, Uri, Poonch, Rajori, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, Doda, Jammu, Banihal, Islamabad, Shopian, Baramulla, Bandipora, Ladakh, Kargil and other parts of the state to “stand and resist nefarious designs and deceit played by Delhi authorities and demonstrate commitment with right to self-determination movement”.
The statement said that the resistance leadership “particularly appealed” to youth, who were asked to “offer their services as volunteers and maintain discipline during said march towards Srinagar”.
Urging people in Jammu, Poonch, Pir Panchal and Chenab Valley, including people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK), to hold peaceful demonstrations against braid-chopping incidents and attacks on women’s dignity, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik called on Thursday for state-wide protests against braid-chopping incidents after Friday prayers.