SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Tuesday said that it is futile for the people of Kashmir to expect justice from the Indian judiciary, as it is no different from the Indian executive and legislative authority.
In a statement, the JRL, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, said there is no hope of justice for the daily killings of Kashmiris by Indian forces who enjoy legal impunity under laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and are free from accountability and prosecution.
They said eight lakh forces stationed in Kashmir are used as a tool to maintain forcible control, and as a consequence of the unbridled powers bestowed upon them, more than one lakh civilians have been killed.
“None of the perpetrators have ever been brought to book or punished although many times the so-called inquiries were set up as an immediate remedy to bring the situation under control and assuage people’s anger,” they said.
“Once in a while, when the unproved and targeted killing of civilians by forces is too obvious, as in the case of Shopian on 28 January 2018 where three young boys were shot at in the head and brutally killed and the administration was forced to file an FIR, all hell is let loose. There is a hue and cry about ‘how dare forces are indicted’, and ‘will it not affect their morale’ is argued.”
The leadership said the “biased” and “aggressive” Delhi-based media goes all guns blazing to defend the “victims”, in this case the forces, “and in the din and cacophony that ensue, the basic question of the fundamental right to life of those Kashmiri civilians who were killed in cold blood and of justice for their murder is drowned. The judiciary immediately comes to the rescue of the perpetrators, and even the attempt at some kind of investigation in the killing is stayed.”
“In such a situation, to expect justice for the young boys killed with impunity is futile,” the JRL added.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said the political struggle of the people of Kashmir is based on the universal principle of right to self-determination in deciding their destiny. They said no amount of injustice and repression or the use of brute force and aggression will make the people give up their demand. “Repression will only reinforce it further,” they said.
The JRL said the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with internationally accepted norms of justice and fairness is the only way to ensure peace in the region and end the bloodshed and death.