Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leaders including octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday pledged that they will never surrender and will pursue the mission of “martyrs” and take the Kashmir issue to its logical conclusion despite the use of “brutal and unbridled” force by the Indian state and local authorities.
The trio was discussing the prevailing situation in Kashmir at the residence of senior resistance patriarch Syed Ali Geelani today morning.
A source privy to the development said that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik dropped at the residence of Geelani at 10 am. “Nobody in the office was aware about the duo’s arrival,” he said.
The trio held nearly 3-hour long meeting and deliberated upon several issues including the killing of civilians by government forces and use of rampant force against student protesters in the valley.
The leaders, according to sources, said that the people of Kashmir are facing a haughty power. “The people of Kashmir will never forget sacrifices rendered by the martyrs. We will never surrender and will pursue the mission of martyrs, despite the horror unleashed by brutal authorities.”
The resistance leaders said that they will not allow any body to “deceive” the people of Kashmir and bargain against the sacrifices of the “martyrs”, the sources added.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of Hurriyat Conference (G) Ghulam Muhammad Gulzar, who was present in the meeting, denied revealing the details of the meeting.
He said that the trio will address a press conference at Ahdoos Hotel in Srinagar where they will deliberate the people about the prevailing situation and the future course of action.
He, however, said that the trio grieved the state authorities’ approach of unleashing a reign of terror and “disproportionate and unjustified use of lethal weapons against innocent civilians”.
In a statement, later, the leadership while terming the killing of teenager student Umar Kumar in Shopian as unfortunate and deplorable said that they are deeply grieved over the killings of civilians.