Refusal of dialogue forces youth to take up arms: JRL

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Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Wednesday said New Delhi’s refusal to resolve Kashmir dispute is forcing youth to take up arms and in the process they lose their lives in pursuit of liberating their land.
“As government of India looks at a military solution for Kashmir and use of extreme force is being adopted to quell the peoples’ genuine political will, no space is being provided for expression by the government as a result our educated youth feel pushed to resort to an armed struggle. The onus of this and their martyrdom lies completely with the authorities,” JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said in a statement issued here.
JRL also paid tributes to four militants killed in a gunfight with government forces in Tral area of Pulwama on Tuesday.
The leadership, according to statement, said the students also feel compelled to hit the streets to express their anger and anguish over the “repression” and killings of Kashmiris either civilians or armed.
“The banning of all normal means of expression to students forces them to come out on roads. The authorities resort to use of force against them causing grievous injuries and even little children and girls are not spared. Even our educational institutions are not safe from the forces,” the statement said.
The JRL condemned the arrest and detention of dozens of students in Baramulla, Sopore, Srinagar, Anantnag and Pulwama.
“New Delhi and ruling regime in Kashmir are hell bent to use full military might to force resistance leadership and the people into submission, however that will never happen,” it said.
The leadership denounced the nocturnal raids in various villages in Pulwama district and detention of many youth. They also expressed concern over the plight of prisoners lodged in various jails in and outside state.
The JRL also condemned the detention of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Aasiya Andrabi along with her two activists and shifting them to central jail Srinagar. “Asiya Ji is already suffering from multiple ailments and lodging her in jail poses a risk to her,” the statement said.