SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has said the shutdown over the mayhem in Shopian will continue today and on Wednesday, the resistance leadership will move towards Shopian to express solidarity with the people and offer condolence to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones.
The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said it will address a public rally in Shopian and has asked people to peacefully protest Shopian killings at their local mosques after Zuhr prayers.
The JRL also said that the claims made by authorities that the resistance leadership is free to move “stands completely exposed as within two days of it, we were again put under arbitrary house arrest and Yasin sahab detained in jail”.
The leadership said the mayhem in Shopian in which 17 people (13 militants and 4 civilians) were killed in one day is another gory episode of pain, agony and torment that the people of Kashmir are repeatedly subjected to over the past thirty years by the military might of India.
“There is a deep pain and anger among people as they witness killings of young boys who feel forced to take up arms as means of resisting oppression and forcible control over their land. These young boys give up their studies and stake their future because of the lingering Kashmir dispute and the status quo over it due to GoI’s arrogance and stubbornness not to resolve it. The resulting oppression pushes these young boys to take up arms to liberate their land.”
The JRL added, “GoI’s military approach to deal with Kashmir dispute is consuming our next generation which is a matter of grave concern for all of us. GoI should, by now, have fully realised that the force and might will not deter people from pursuing their just cause even at the cost of their lives.”
“GoI will have to engage with the dispute and give people their basic right to self determination. The sooner it is done the better it is for the whole region,” the JRL said.