JRL calls for shutdown on Saturday

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Wednesday called for a complete shutdown on January 13 (Saturday) against the civilian killing in Khudwani area of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday.

JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement said that Kashmir has been turned into a ‘killing field’ where the lives of men, women and children are not safe.

“The horrendous torment unleashed by army, 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,” they said.

“A comprehensive protest strike will be observed against yesterday’s killings, ongoing genocide of Kashmiri youth and other oppressive measures on Saturday, 13th January 2018,” the JRL said.

Terming the ongoing spree of killings and unleashing of oppression as ‘state sponsored terrorism and act of genocide’, JRL said that “Indian imperialism has let loose its army, forces and police and given them a free hand to kill Kashmiri youth with impunity and acting at the orders of its masters these forces are handing over the corpses of our loved ones to us on daily basis.”

The leaders said that this genocide by Indian occupational forces is going on unabated as ‘killers in uniform’ enjoy immunity from prosecution provided by the rulers.

They said that yesterday at Khudwani, these ‘trigger happy killers’ in uniform unleashed a reign of terror on people who were mourning on the dead body of their loved one Farhan Ahmad Wani.

“Pellets, bullets, tear smoke shells and Lathees were showered on these people, injuring hundreds and brutally killing another youth Khalid Ahmad Dar on the spot,” they said.

The separatist leaders said that the sole purpose of this genocide is to suppress Kashmiri nation by military might.

The leaders said that from 1947 till now, 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 rulers who provide legal cover and immunity to the killers and thus contribute in this genocide,” added JRL.

JRL leaders said that 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, they added.

Asking international community to shun its silence at the plight of Kashmiris, JRL said that it is the duty of international community to protect and safeguard humanity everywhere.

JRL said that Indian rulers and their forces have choked every little space on peaceful political activities and space on every kind of protest has been banned and throttled by Indian occupation which is why Kashmiris are forced to use protest strike for registering their protest and resistance.

JRL leaders appealed people to shutdown their offices, business establishments, transport and other activities for one day and raise their voices against growing ‘state terrorism’ on Saturday, Jan 13.


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