Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Saturday termed the Jammu and Kashmir Public Property (Prevention of Damage) Ordinance, 2017 as dictatorial.
The leadership condemned and ridiculed the ordinance terming it as outrageous and dictatorial that has been passed by the state government. Pertinently, the ordinance calls for imprisonment of those who call and observe shutdown as a form of protest.
JRL comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued here said that observing shutdown is a universally accepted democratic and peaceful right of protest and resistance and fixing a punishment for it reflects the totalitarian and repressive mindset of the anti-people ruling regime.
The leadership said that tall claims of “healing touch” and “battle of ideas” by Mehbooba Mufti and her party before coming to power, have all come to naught and instead she with her partner, the BJP have broken all records of committing atrocities and inflicting miseries upon the people of Kashmir.
They said that during her regime killing, blinding of people, arrests, imprisonment and detention of masses and leadership, arson, vandalization of people’s properties, harassment, propaganda onslaught and other forms of repression have touched a new low. “On the other hand she along with her coterie of opportunists have further eroded whatever was left of the safeguards of the people of the state by eroding the economic autonomy of the state through implementation of GST. As her tenure progresses so do her compromises with regard to the interests of the people of Kashmir who are under assaults from all fronts,” they said.
They said that the situation has come to such a pass now that even the basic right to protest through shutdowns against these moves and constant assaults is now being denied and made punishable.
JRL said issuing ordinance calling for imprisonment for shutdowns is with a view to instill fear of retribution and punishment among the resistance leadership and people of Kashmir in order to discourage them from raising their voice against oppression and for demanding their right to self-determination.
“But like all such previous repressive measures it is bound to fail,” they said.