Kashmir killings: JRL calls for state-wide protests today  

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Thursday urged people across the state to stage peaceful protests on April 6 after Friday prayers. The appeal was made against the recent killings in Shopian and Kangan and another wave of ‘terror’ let loose by the forces across Kashmir.

JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued here said these peaceful protests will also be expression of solidarity with the people of Shopian, Tral and Islamabad and to focus world attention towards the ‘genocide of Kashmir’s young lot by trigger-happy forces’.

The leadership, who have been ‘caged’ in their own houses and in prisons, urged the Imams of all the Masjids and shrines across Kashmir to raise strong voice against the ongoing ‘severe repression’ in Kashmir and to seek people’s unanimous support for the resolution framed by the JRL and to pass the same as well.

“The resolution will be presented in all mosques for peoples support and approval,” the JRL said.

The trio said that post the killings by forces in Shopian in which 19 people lost their lives, the resistance leadership was barred from visiting the area to express condolences and sympathize with the bereaved families and share their grief.

“It punctured their tall claims that pro-freedom leadership is free to go anywhere,” JRL said, adding that the leadership said that intentions of the government are clear, it only believes in military might and use of force as a reaction to the popular sentiment.

The trio said that people of Kashmir are offering priceless sacrifices on all fronts, life honour property while as the rulers have thrown all principles of democracy and humanity to the winds and are busy ruthlessly crushing the peoples movement for asserting their fundamental right.

They said that repressive measures to suppress the peoples’ movement will never succeed.

The leadership urged the international community to pitch in at this crucial time and to play their part in stopping the ongoing bloodshed in Kashmir.

They also strongly condemned the use of force and excesses against the protesting students across the valley in which many students have been grievously injured and hospitalized.

JRL said that every section of society including students are up in revolt against the forcible control and repression of the state.

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