SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Wednesday said India has no right to celebrate Republic Day as it has “occupied Jammu Kashmir with its military might”. It appealed people to observe January 26 as “black day” and boycott all celebrations.
The leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said India claims to be world’s largest democracy but “virtually stands exposed” in Jammu Kashmir as it is “trampling all basic and fundamental rights” of people since past seven decades.
Referring to human rights abuses in Jammu Kashmir, JRL said the violations range from “mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech”. It said “six lakh people were killed, ten thousand disappeared in forces’ custody and hundreds of women molested”.
“We have no animosity with India or its people,” the leaders said. “They have every right to celebrate the Republic Day but despite their rhetoric about democracy, they have no ethical or constitutional right to celebrate the Day in Jammu Kashmir as our democratic rights have been smashed and trampled.”
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik while referring to UN charter said it guarantees the basic and fundamental rights and this institution has called to seek people’s verdict through plebiscite and to ascertain their wish with regards to political destiny of the state.
“Even India in its pledge has confirmed to honour and seek people’s verdict through plebiscite,” they said. “Despite being signatory to these resolutions, India backtracked from its commitment and is not providing this opportunity to the people of J&K.”
“We oppose all these celebrations,” JRL said, adding, “The main reason is (New Delhi’s) deceit and mockery with democracy.”
Expressing anguish over reports of January 26 preparation by some institutions, the leaders asked them to refrain from it as “it will have serious implication over our freedom movement”. They stressed upon school going children, their parents and teachers to stay away from all these celebrations and “realise obligations towards nation”.
Meanwhile, the JRL has reiterated its appeal for complete shutdown on January 25 and 27 in Handwara and Kupwara towns respectively to pay homage and tributes to martyrs of 1990 Handwara and 1994 Kupwara massacres.
They reiterated appeal to world human rights bodies to conduct a thorough and impartial probe into all these unfortunate incidents of mass killings.