Friday’s public rally a litmus test for ‘democrats’: JRL

Friday’s public rally a litmus test for ‘democrats’: JRL

‘New Delhi lacks courage to compete with resistance camp on political front’

SRINAGAR: Reiterating its call for a public rally at Lal Chowk, Anantnag, on Friday, the joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Wednesday said that if New Delhi and its “stooges” really believe in democracy, they should shun their policies of “coercion” and allow the resistance camp to hold peaceful rallies.
The public jalsa on December 15 is a litmus test for those making claims of democracy, the JRL, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, said in a statement.
The leaders said despite “oppressive” tactics and use of police and military might by New Delhi and its “abettors” in Jammu Kashmir who have put almost all the leadership either in jails or under house arrest, the JRL will try its best to hold a peaceful public jalsa.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said the graveyard silence maintained in the Valley by using military might and designating it as peace can only be termed as foolishness.
“A fascist government in power, inspired by (Nazi propaganda minister) Joseph Goebbels’ malicious propaganda techniques or (political scientist) Harold Lasswell’s ‘magic bullet theory’, is trying to paint the brutal pacification (sic) of Kashmir as peace and return of normalcy,” they said. “If Indian rulers assume that oppression unleashed by their army and forces has crushed resistance in Kashmir, then they should find some courage to lift ban on political activities of the resistance camp and allow such programs.”
JRL said any rational person would find talk of normalcy and peace in the “occupied” territory as laughable, especially when Kashmir is witnessing an increasing build-up in “oppression”, particularly in south Kashmir.
The statement said placing Geelani and Mirwaiz under house arrest and putting Malik along with many others in Srinagar Central Jail is testimony to the fact that New Delhi and its abettors possess no courage to compete with the resistance leadership on the political front.
“India and its stooges only know to suppress people’s voices under the pretext of so-called democracy and normalcy, which is highly condemnable,” the JRL said, adding that the public rally on December 15 at Lal Chowk, Anantnag, has been called to “demonstrate before the whole world what people of Kashmir stand for”.
“This jalsa will highlight the miseries and hardships faced by the people of Kashmir at the hands of oppressive forces. It will also highlight the reign of terror unleashed by Indian occupational forces and will be a show of solidarity with the people of south Kashmir where Indian army, forces and police have let loose an ugly phase of horror.”
The JRL said that Indian leaders “falsely presume” to have defeated the “indigenous” Kashmiri resistance by “military oppression, NIA and ED terrorism”.
“We challenge them to find some courage and allow peaceful activities of resistance camp in Kashmir so that the reality of their assumptions is established beyond doubt,” the leaders said. “Suppressing a people’s struggle by oppressive measures is not possible, and Indian leadership should also realise the fact that it can never suppress or defeat Kashmiri resistance by military means.”

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