SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has extended the shutdown call to Monday (today) and asked the people to march towards the civil secretariat to protest against the continuous bloodshed in Kashmir.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik called the shutdown and march in the backdrop of killing of five militants and as many civilians by government forces on Sunday.
In a statement, JRL said RL said, “On May 7 (today), as the ‘darbar’ of rulers who preside over our massacres and murders will open in Srinagar, (the resistance) leadership and people including lawyers, traders, transporters, doctors, government employees, journalists and others will move towards the civil secretariat, and at around 12 pm will sit on a peaceful dharna till the perpetrators do not agree to put an end to the daily carnage.”
“People can move towards the secretariat in their private vehicles or on foot, peacefully and with discipline,” the leadership said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said “the indiscriminate manner in which Kashmiri are killed daily has the go-ahead from New Delhi that has given full authority to its forces to empty the barrels of their guns on Kashmiris at will, as was again witnessed in Shopian today where five armed youth and more than five protestors were gunned down and dozens critically injured with lethal pellets and live bullets”
“There is no remorse by the perpetrators at these gruesome killings; in fact they are justifying as if Kashmiris are not humans but serfs of India who have to be crushed and taught the lesson in servility,” the leadership said.
The leadership said that while there is no doubt about the Delhi’s vision on Kashmir “which is to kill every Kashmiri”, it becomes the moral duty of international community to stand up and play its part in resolving the vexed issue for the everlasting peace in the subcontinent.
“Everyday Kashmiris are shouldering the coffins of their loved ones while the international community is observing a criminal silence over it,” JRL said and urged the world bodies to break their silence and intervene into the resolution of Kashmir issue at the earliest.