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SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) and Kashmir Traders Manufactures Federation (KTMF) on Wednesday staged a sit-in protest outside the historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar against the recent civilian killings in Shopian district of south Kashmir.
Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed the sit-in over phone as they continue to be under house arrest. The protesters holding placards marched from Jamia Masjid to Nowhatta Chowk, raising pro-freedom slogans.
Other resistance leaders who were part of the protest included Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Yasmeen Raja, Noor Mohmmad Kalwal, Omar Adil Dar, Bashir Kashmiri and Farooq Ahmad Sodagar.
On the occasion, Muhammad Yasin Malik strongly condemned the continuous house arrest of Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and the Shopian killings.
Malik said, “Government never allows us to hold peaceful protest and once again has shown its colonial nature by keeping Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention.”
“The people of Kashmir irrespective of their age and gender are living under a threat and are continuously suppressed by armed forces. During the cordon and search operations in the bone chilling cold, Kashmiris are told to reveal their identity in their own land,” he said.
Malik said JRL will march from Jamia Masjid Shopian to main chowk Shopian after Friday prayers to express solidarity with the families of the slain youth. “We appeal to people to come out of their homes, offer Friday namaz at Jamia Masjid Shopian and join our rally to protest against the brutality of Indian troops,” he said.
Geelani and Mirwaiz also urged people to make the Shopain Chalo rally successful.
The KTMF leaders on the occasion while condemning the killings said the use of “extreme force” is aimed at suppressing the voice of Kashmiri people.
“We will keep fighting till we achieve our goal,” the trade leaders said. “Nothing can hold us back.”
“We request people to join the resistance movement, be part of it and make it a success. We have suffered enough,” they said.