SRINAGAR: “Forcing people of Kashmir into submission by using dictatorial and oppressive means is only day dream of Indian leaders and their Kashmiri stooges,” said the joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Friday.
The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said “the spree of arrests, nocturnal and day time raids, imposition of curfew and restrictions and other oppressive tactics are glaring example of the farce Indian democracy in Jammu Kashmir”.
The gruesome killings in south Kashmir’s Shopian district and a complete ban on mourning are not only inhuman but the acts of state sponsored terrorism,” the leaders said. Authorities on Friday foiled the Shopian Chalo programme announced by the JRL by preventing Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq to march from their residences. Both leaders defied house arrest and tried to march towards Shopian. However, Muhammad Yasin Malik succeeded in reaching Shopian where he addressed people at Jamia Masjid. He was arrested outside the grand mosque.
In a statement, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said, “The farce of Indian democracy in Jammu Kashmir yet again stands exposed before the international community and people of India as (New Delhi) and its Kashmiri stooges chose to choke people’s voices by military might.”
“This was a peaceful protest against crackdowns, hooliganism and oppression unleashed by Indian occupational forces in Shopian, Kulgam, Islamabad (Anantnag), Pulwama, Tral, Qazigund, Bijbehara and many other places in southern parts of valley; Bandipora, Hajin, Sumbal, Naidkhai in Sonawari, Kupwara, and Handwara in northern parts; Ganderbal, Budgam and Srinagar in central Kashmir.”
“Kashmir has been turned into a slaughter house. No one is safe and death and destruction is being celebrated by the oppressors,” the JRL said. “This genocide is going on for the last several decades but the way Indian soldiers at the behest of their political masters have expedited this killing spree for the last some months has turned utterly horrible and unbearable now.”
“Kashmiris cannot tolerate this genocide silently and the resistance leadership will do whatever possible to stop this Indian aggression against innocent humans in Kashmir,” the leaders said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik added, “This massacre and genocide by Indian armed men is consequence of the immunity provided to them by pro-India Kashmiri politicians, assembly, parliament and Panchayat members and their parties who legislate and implement laws like AFSPA to shelter these criminals and crimes and also stage dramas in and outside the so-called assembly to deviate attention from these crimes.”