JRL calls for shutdown, blackout today

JRL calls for shutdown, blackout today
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Asks people to hold protests after Zuhr prayers

SRINAGAR: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Wednesday called for a complete shutdown on Thursday to protest the civilian killings by government forces in Khudwani area of Kulgam district. Besides, the JRL has also asked the people to observe a complete blackout in the evening by turning off the lights.
Addressing a press conference outside his Abi Guzar office in Srinagar, Muhammad Yasin Malik, who is part of the JRL, along with octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, lashed out at the state administration for its “oppressive measures” and vehemently condemned the civilian killings in Kulgam.
Malik said that the present “fascist” government of India is using the Kashmir situation for its political benefits. He said that the union government has failed on all fronts and are therefore playing the Kashmir card for elections in different states. “The Operation All Out is a part of the same game,” Malik said.
The JKLF chief also blasted the Indian TV channels for running a public relations exercise of the Indian army in Kashmir. “Rather than sitting in the studios, the editors and owners of the Indian TV channels should put on the army uniform,” Malik said.
He said that the way they are glamourising the “genocide” of Kashmiris amply proves that they are worse than “criminals”.
Malik, who was arrested after addressing the presser and lodged in Kothi Bagh police station, said that recent events prove that the Indian army and its agencies are out there to wipe out the whole young generation of Kashmiris.
Therefore, he said, the Joint Resistance Leadership has decided to call for a complete shutdown on Thursday. “The people of Kashmir valley should observe a complete shutdown and in the evening observe a complete blackout. The lights should be turned off,” he said, “After the afternoon prayers, people should stage protests in their respective areas against the genocide being perpetrated across the Kashmir valley.”
Malik, who along with other JRL activists later tried to march towards Lalchowk, was later arrested and lodged in Kothi Bagh police station.
While Syed Ali Geelani continues to be under house detention since 2010, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was detained at his Nigeen residence Wednesday afternoon. Although Geelani was released last Friday, his freedom lasted just 60 hours. He was again put under house detention in the backdrop of the Shopian killings last week.