Srinagar: The activists from pro-freedom camp Thursday staged a protest in Srinagar against the ‘failure’ of government to stop the mysterious braid chopping incidents in Kashmir.
Leaders and activists from both the factions besides, members of the JKLF gathered at Abi-Guzar and marched towards Lal chowk.
Holding placards in hands and raising slogans against braid chopping incidents, the protesters condemned these attacks. The protestors threatened a massive stir in case the government fails to take concrete action against the ‘braid choppers’.
Meanwhile, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that “attacks on our mothers, sisters and daughters is not acceptable to us and if these attacks do not stop immediately, they will have no other choice but to launch protests against it.”
Calling for peaceful protests after Friday prayers today, the leaders according to a statement said that the “growing attacks on women and ugly acts of braid chopping are a direct attack on our dignity and no Kashmiri will tolerate these attacks anymore.”
JRL leaders said that Kashmiri mothers, sisters and daughters are under attack from some hidden enemy.
“We as a nation are living in an unrelenting horror and worry but so-called rulers, their police and other agencies remain absolutely naïve about it. The rulers are busy riding scooters and arranging music concerts and their forces and agencies are calling this menace as mere frenzy,” they said.
“Hundreds of our sisters have been left shaken by unidentified assailants and police and forces who take no time to identify even masked protesters and take no time in finding the hidden faces behind every happening,” the statement said.
“The forces are punctual while crushing the peaceful political activities however, till now they claim no breakthrough in the braid chopping cases. This ignorance is actually proving that entire matter is doubtful and situation extremely startling,” they said.
Emphasizing on the need of unity to fight this menace, JRL leaders said that while dealing with this threat, “we should enhance our society based vigil and deal with nobility. Joint leadership appealed people to hold peaceful protests today, after Friday prayers against these growing attacks on women and raise their voices against the hidden assailants.”
Among those who participated in today’s protest program included Zamrooda Habib, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Ghulam Qadir Baigh, Ghulam Rasool Dar Eidhi, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Farooq Ahmad Sodagar ,Imtiyaz Hiader, Siraj ud din Mir, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Advocate Yasir Ahmad Dalal, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Muhammad Yasin Ataiee, Nisar Hussain Rather, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Ishfaq Ahmad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Abdul Hamid Alaie, Muhammad Sideeq Hazari, Sahil Ahmad War, Farooq Ahmad Sheikh and Firdous Ahmad Shah and many others.