SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for a complete shutdown today in the wake of killing of two militants in a gunfight with government forces, and a civilian who succumbed to injuries he suffered during clashes, at Drubgam village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said the “open aggression” against the people of south Kashmir is reflective of the fact that people have been left at the mercy of forces which results in the killing of youth.
The leadership expressed deep sorrow and anger over the killing of two armed youth Sameer Ahmed Bhat and Aqib Ahmad Khan in the gunfight, and a civilian Shahid Ashraf Dar, who according to reports was killed during clashes in the area.
The JRL said that under the garb of encounter with the armed youth, the government forces have “unleashed a reign of terror”.
“Shielded by draconian laws, they (forces) are selectively targeting and killing Kashmir’s young generation knowing well that they will not be held accountable. By indiscriminately firing bullets, pellets and tear gas shells at peaceful protestors in Drubgam, they killed budding flowers and left dozens seriously injured.”
Paying tributes to the slain youth, the leadership said that by choking all means of peaceful expression, Kashmir’s young generation is being pushed to the wall. “The heavily armed state machinery by using immense lethal force against our vulnerable youth is adding fuel to the fire and making the situation more fragile,” it said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said that people of Kashmir are offering immense sacrifices on all fronts and that the entire nation is committed to safeguard these sacrifices and remain steadfast towards the goal.
JRL said that peace cannot prevail in South Asia as long as Kashmir dispute remains unresolved. The leaders said it is time that New Delhi shuns its “obduracy” and acknowledges the ground reality in Kashmir.