SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for peaceful Valley-wide protests after Friday prayers against killing of civilians, indiscriminate use of pellet and vandalising of properties. It impressed upon all sections of society including Aima masajid, teachers, lawyers, intellectuals, civil societies, traders, students, state employees for their participation in protest against “state sponsored terrorism”.
In a statement, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik appealed to international community to take cognisance of the “appalling state-sponsored terrorism” in Kashmir.
“The growing Indian aggression against unarmed and peaceful people in the state has touched the alarm line and turned this beautiful place into a battlefield,” JRL said “Under a well-thought-out plan, Indian authorities, forces and their henchmen are carrying out genocide. Kashmir has been turned into a killing field where the lives of men, women and even children are not safe.”
Lashing out at New Delhi and its local “stooges” for their “fascist mindset”, JRL said they have “let loose a reign of terror against unarmed civilians”. It said forces are enjoying impunity under draconian laws.
Strongly condemning the indiscriminate use of pellets against civilians, JRL said, “Indian authorities have declared war on civilians. Hundreds of youth are victims of a deadly weapon used nowhere else in the world. The fact remains unchanged; Kashmir is the only place in the world where these weapons are used against human beings.”
The leadership expressed deep anguish over the continued silence of the international community. “Though several resolutions had been accepted in the United Nations to resolve this long-pending issue, no steps had however been initiated,” it said.
To put an end to hostilities in the subcontinent, the international community should take concrete political steps to resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute, the JRL said.