Boycott R-day celebrations, appeals JRL 

Srinagar: Joint Resistance leadership (JRL) Wednesday said that India has no right to celebrate its Republican day as they have ‘occupied’ the state with its military might and its presence has tormented all ethics.

JRL comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Dr Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik appealed people to observe 26th January as ‘a black day’ and boycott all celebrations.

“India claims to be a large democracy in world but it virtually stands exposed in Jammu and Kashmir as it is trampling all basic and fundamental rights of the people since last seven decades,” they said.

Referring to alleged human rights abuses in the state, the JRL said that abuses range from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech.

“Six lakh people were killed, ten thousand disappeared in forces custody and hundreds of women molested over the past 70 years,” they said.

“We have no animosity with India or its people and they have every right to celebrate republic day within its states but despite their being rhetoric about democracy they have no ethical or constitutional right to celebrate this day in Jammu and Kashmir as our democratic rights have been smashed and trampled,” the JRL said.

The pro-freedom leadership while referring to UN charter said that they guarantee the basic and fundamental rights and this institution has obviously called to seek the people’s verdict through plebiscite and has asked to ascertain their wish with regards to political destiny of the state and even India in its pledge has confirmed to honour and seek the people’s verdict through plebiscite.

“Despite being signatory to these resolutions, India backtracked from its commitment,” said JRL, adding that it is also not providing this opportunity to people of the state.

“We oppose all these celebrations,” leadership said, adding that the main reason is their deceit and mockery with democracy.

Pro-freedom leaders stressed, school going children, their parents and teachers to stay away from all these celebrations and asked to realize their obligations towards the nation.

JRL expressed their anguish over the reports of preparation by a few institutions for republic day and asked them to refrain from such activities.

Meanwhile, JRL reaffirmed appeal for complete shutdown of 25th and 27th January in Handwara and Kupwara towns respectively to pay homage and tributes to the martyrs of 25 January 1990 Handwara and 27 January 1994 Kupwara massacres.

They further appealed for a thorough and impartial probe of all these unfortunate incidents of mass killings.

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