SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for a complete shutdown today against the recent civilian killings at by government forces saying Kashmiris will never remain silent on this “genocide”. It also asked people to protest against the “growing Indian aggression”.
“Kashmir has been turned into a killing field where the lives of men, women and even children are not safe,” the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said in a statement. “The brutal killings of Misra Bano and Asif Iqbal of Kupwara, Ruby (Beauty) Jan of Shopian and Zahid Ahmad who was killed in Rajasthan, clearly show that Indian army, occupational forces and police are here only to kill Kashmiris and pro-India politicians are deployed to provide legal shield to these killers.”
On JRL call, a protest rally and sit-in was organised on Tuesday at Abi Guzar, Lal Chowk, in which resistance leaders and activists along with people from many walks of life protested, the statement said.
Terming the ongoing civilian killings by “trigger happy” forces as agonising, the JRL said, “The spree of brutal killings has crossed every limit and has now become intolerable. No Kashmiri is ready to tolerate this genocide and no stone will be left unturned to stop these brutalities.”
“Some days back, a poor lady Misra Bano was targeted with bullets at Handwara and killers and their abettors tried to cover it up by terming it as cross firing. Only few days after this brutal killing, these trigger happy soldiers of illegal occupation gunned down another innocent boy Asif Iqbal who was the lone bread earner for his family and same theory of cross firing was repeated.”
“Today these blood thirsty men in uniform have taken the life of another innocent woman namely Beauty Jan, wife of Manzoor Ahmad, at Shopian and critically injured many more and the story may remain the same. Similarly another Kashmiri youth Zahid Ahmad was put to death in Rajasthan in mysterious conditions.”
The JRL added, “Be it Indian occupational army, its killer forces or abettors in the form of police and civil administration, each one of these is here to kill Kashmiris with impunity and at will, and pro-India politicians remain deployed to provide them with a legal cover.”
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said since 1947, “lakhs of people have been killed and maimed by Indian army, police and forces. Though these killings have been triggered by Indian forces but the responsibility lies on the shoulders of those pro-India politicians, assembly members and so-called rulers who provide legal cover and immunity to them and thus contribute to this genocide”.
The JRL said according to the law of nature, every tyranny and tyrant has a fixed life and when tyranny exceeds its limits it is bound to perish. “This is why Indian aggression and tyranny is also bound to die soon as it has also crossed every limit,” it said. “Tolerating oppression with silence has never been the practice of living nations and as such Kashmiris will not accept this brutality silently and will keep resisting this aggression with valour and passion.”
The leadership said Indian rulers and their forces have choked every little space on peaceful political activities and even space for every kind of protest has been banned and throttled.
JRL appealed to people to shutdown their offices, business establishments, transport and other activities for one day and raise their voices against “growing Indian state terrorism”.
Meanwhile, authorities on late Tuesday placed Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest at his Nigeen residence.
“Placed under #HouseArrest again, while the inhuman brutal killings of #Kashmiris including our young women continue and the collaborators who preside over them sing paeans of their masters!” Mirwaiz wrote on micro blogging social networking site, Twitter.
Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain under arrest at his Hyderpora residence-cum-office since 2010.