SRINAGAR: Calling for a complete shutdown on Saturday, January 13, against the Kulgam civilian killing, the “genocide” of Kashmiri youth and other “oppressive” measures, the joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Wednesday said Kashmir had been turned into a “killing field” where the lives of men, women and children are unsafe.
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said, “The horrendous torment unleashed by the Indian army, the police and forces at Khudwani yesterday, during which pellets, bullets and shells were showered on people injuring hundreds and killing one innocent, can only be termed as state-sponsored terrorism.”
“A comprehensive protest strike will be observed against yesterday’s killings, ongoing genocide of Kashmiri youth and other oppressive measures on Saturday,” the statement added.
The JRL said New Delhi has let loose its army, forces and police and given them a free hand to kill Kashmiri youth with impunity. “Acting on the orders of their masters, these forces are handing over the corpses of our loved ones to us on a daily basis,” it said.
“This genocide by Indian occupational forces is going on unabated as killers in uniform enjoy immunity from prosecution provided by the rulers,” the leadership said. “The sole purpose of this genocide is to suppress Kashmiri nation by military might. These brutal killings have crossed limits and have become intolerable for Kashmiris.”
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said that though the killings have been perpetrated by Indian forces, 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”.
“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 crossed every limit,” the JRL said. “Tolerating oppression with silence has never been the practice of living nations and, as such, Kashmiris will not accept this brutality silently (but) will keep resisting this aggression with valour and passion.”
“Indian rulers and their forces have choked every little space on peaceful political activities (in Kashmir),” the leadership said.
The JRL said that on the one hand, the “genocide” and “suppression” is going on and on the other side, the international community is watching this “inhumanity” with a silence which is “highly disturbing”.
“In fact, the international community is maintaining this criminal silence to safeguard its business and economic interests with India, but we want to tell them that their silence on the plight of humans for petty consideration of business and economy will only be termed as criminal and is actually against the very ethics and ethos (of) humanity and human values.”
Asking the international community to shun silence over the plight of Kashmiris, the JRL said it is the duty of the world community to protect and safeguard humanity everywhere.