Shutdown on Sunday against HR violations in Kashmir
Srinagar: Reacting to the United States’ move of recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has called for peaceful protests in Kashmir after Friday prayers.
The resistance leadership also called for a shutdown and blackout on International Human Rights Day, which falls on December 10, to protest against the “gross human rights violations” in J&K and the “criminal silence of the international community”.
A statement issued by the JRL, which comprises Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwiaz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, said that Jerusalem represents the religious sentiments of about a billion Muslims living across the globe, and the US decision to declare this sacred land as the capital of Israel “amounts to political bankruptcy of fascist Trump regime”.
“This is our Qibla-i-Awwal, and no Muslim can ever accept it as the capital of Zionist state of Israel. By taking this kind of irrational decision, US president Donald Trump is actually showing his imprudent politics, fascist behavior and enmity against Muslims,” the statement said.
Terming the US move as naive and dangerous for international peace, the three leaders said that these kinds of “unilateral anti-Muslim decisions” are bound to deteriorate and damage the already fragile peace and tranquillity of the world.
“No Muslim can ever accept Jerusalem as the capital of Zionist state, and so this decision is bound to fail,” the leaders said.
They also appealed to the Muslim Ummah to unite against the move and support the Palestinian cause.
“This world can never taste real peace, tranquillity and progress if such kinds of decisions are implemented,” the statement said.
Asserting that Kashmiris are and will continue protesting against the “horrible US decision”, the leaders called for peaceful protests across the Valley after Friday prayers.
Meanwhile, announcing its programme for International Human Rights Day on Dec 10, the JRL called for a shutdown and blackout on the day and said that Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik will lead a protest rally on the day from Hamza Masjid, Koker Bazar, Lal Chowk towards the UN Observers’ office where a memorandum would be handed over to the UN representative.
The JRL is also organising a seminar on December 9, titled ‘Human rights violations in Kashmir and criminal silence of the international community’, at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence.
The JRL statement said that Kashmiris are subjected to the “worst kind of torture and oppression”, but the champions of human rights “to safeguard their economic ambitions maintain a criminal silence over it”.
Stating that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were facing Indian “aggression and oppression” for the last 70 years, the JRL said that even over the last year, hundreds had been gunned down and human killings glamorised by the Indian state and its media.
Talking about thousands of pellet injuries, bindings, maimings and incarcerations under the infamous Public Safety Act, the resistance leaders said that the Kashmir valley is witnessing a “new phase of terror and torture”. “Crackdown, vandalizing private residences and property, beating and humiliating people without the consideration of gender and age, arresting young, old, women and men indiscriminately, arresting fathers in place of sons and brothers in place of brothers and other oppressive operations are continuing without a pause. Kashmiris are being terrorized but no one in the international community seems to bother,” the statement said.