JRL calls for shutdown on Friday

Srinagar: Terming October 27 as a ‘black day’ and the day of mourning for the Kashmiris, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Tuesday called for a complete shutdown on this day to protest against the state’s accession to India in 1947.

JRL comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued here said, “71 years back India without any constitutional and moral justifications forcibly occupied the state of Jammu and Kashmir on the same day and since then Indian forces are mercilessly killing innocent and unarmed Kashmiris, vandalizing their properties and are involved in sexual assault on women.”

“27 October 1947 is an unfortunate day for the Kashmiris when we were deprived of our freedom and liberty and India against the wishes of the people landed its troops here, JRL said, adding that the people of the Jammu and Kashmir were neither asked for their viewpoint about this forced occupation and nor are their wishes and aspirations being respected even today.

Terming the accession of Maharaja Hari Singh with India as ‘controversial, unreliable and undemocratic’, the pro-freedom leaders said, “Experts on historical events raise several important queries about its authenticity and over its occurrence and moreover late Maharaja had no such mandate from the people of the state.”

“Who had given this authority to an individual that a person will decide the future destiny of people of state on his own and that too at an occasion when people stood against him and rebelled against his autocratic rule,” JRL questioned, adding that he had no authority to sign accession as he while fleeing from Srinagar stayed at Jammu.

“The Indian National Congress had at that time adopted a policy about these princely states that the decision regarding to the future of these states will not be taken by the Maharajas or kings but it is the sole right of the people of the states and they will be asked for their political aspirations,” they added.

“Although the ruling elite and kings in Hyderabad and Junagarh wanted to merge their states with Pakistan but India forcibility landed its army, claiming that it is against the principles of partition and the wishes of the people but the same rulers of India with regards to JK adopted the policies contrary to this and occupied the state against the wishes and aspirations of its people,” JRL said.

The JRL said that since then the occupational forces are unleashing atrocities and cruelties upon Kashmiri nation to suppress the peaceful voices and till now more than six lakh people had been killed by these brute forces, ten thousand innocent people killed in custody and equal number subjected to forced custodial disappearance.

“Seven thousand unknown people are buried in unmarked graves and their identity is not being divulged,” JRL said, adding that 7500 women were molested or sexually assaulted while rape has been used as a war weapon against women in Kashmir.

They said that inhuman laws like Disturbed Areas Act, AFSPA and Public Safety Act are in force and added that police and forces enjoy free hand to perpetrate atrocities.

Pro-freedom leaders are being denied their political space, said JRL and added that they are detained and restrictions imposed on them.

JRL said that as people are observing 27th October as black day and it will convey a message to global community that they are resisting and resenting the forced occupation and will continue till the last solider leaves the state.

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