SRINAGAR: Terming October 27 as a “black day” and “the day of mourning” for Kashmiris, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a complete shutdown on Friday.
In a statement, the leadership said, “Seventy-one years back, India without any constitutional and moral justification forcibly occupied the state of Jammu and Kashmir on the same day, and since then Indian forces are mercilessly killing innocent and unarmed Kashmiris, vandalising their properties and are involved in sexual assault on women.
“27 October 1947 is an unfortunate day for Kashmiris when we were deprived of our freedom and liberty, and India against the wishes of the people landed its troops here.”
The leadership said the people of Jammu and Kashmir were neither asked for their viewpoint about this “forced occupation” nor were their wishes and aspirations being respected even today.
Terming (the then ruler) Maharaja Hari Singh’s accession (of J&K) to 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. They said the Maharaja had no such mandate from the people of the state.
“Who had given this authority to an individual (to) decide the future destiny of the people of the state on his own and that too at an occasion when people stood against him and rebelled against his autocratic rule?” the leadership asked, adding that the Maharaja had no authority to sign the accession as he fled Srinagar and stayed at Jammu.
“The Indian National Congress had at that time adopted a policy about these princely states that the decision regarding the future of these states will not be taken by Maharajas or kings, but it is the sole right of the people of the states and they will be asked for their political aspirations,” the leaders said.
“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. The same rulers of India with regard to J&K adopted policies contrary to this and occupied the state against the wishes and aspirations of its people,” they said.
“Since then, the occupational forces are unleashing atrocities and cruelties upon the Kashmiri nation to suppress peaceful voices, and till now more than 6,00,000 people have been killed by these brute forces, 10,000 innocent people have been killed in custody and an equal number subjected to forced custodial disappearance.”
“Seven thousand unknown people are buried in unmarked graves, and their identity is not being divulged. 7,500 women were molested or sexually assaulted, and rape has been used as a war weapon against women in Kashmir,” the JRL added.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said “inhuman” laws like Disturbed Areas Act, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act are in force, and the government forces enjoy a free hand to “perpetrate atrocities”.
They said pro-freedom leaders are being denied their political space and are detained.
“As people are observing 27th October as a black day, it will convey a message to the global community that the people of J&K are resisting and resenting the forced occupation and will continue till the last solider leaves the state,” the joint resistance leadership said.
“It also illustrates their (the people’s) wish that they will not accept anything less than freedom.”