Future course of action will be taken after leadership meets
SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has asked people to resume their work from today. It had called for shutdown against civilian killings on Sunday which was extended till Tuesdayon the killing of five more civilians in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
In a statement, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik appealed people from all walks of life to continue protest and resentment against unabated killings by wearing black badges on arms and fixing black flags atop houses, shops and vehicles.
The leadership also urged the imams of mosques, shrines and imambaras to offer funeral prayers in absentia after Friday prayers for those killed in Shopian and Srinagar, and read and pass a JRL resolution.
JRL condemned the “sad” incident at Narbal in which a young tourist from Tamil Nadu was hit with a stone, who later died in hospital. A local lady was also injured.
“Such incidents go against humanity, our religion and culture,” the leadership said, adding that the elements resorting to such “inhuman actions” defame the sacred people’s movement.
JRL said people of Kashmir have always welcomed tourists as guests even in the most trying of times and this practice will never change. It urged the youth to maintain discipline while protesting.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik expressed grief over the death of a 17-year-old Safeel Ahmed, resident of Nagabal, Shopian at SMHS hospital on Tuesday. Safeel was injured during clashes on Sunday in Shopian.
Terming the prevailing situation in Kashmir as extremely worrisome and painful for every citizen, JRL said, “Kashmir has been turned into a graveyard where (every) day, we have to shoulder the coffins of our dear ones brutally killed by government forces.”
The leadership hailed the “courage and bravery” of people for “remaining steadfast and resolute in this toughest hour of repression”, saying, “The resistance to oppression has to be made a way of life both at individual and collective levels. It has to be inculcated in our daily lives so as to stay persistent on our stand for achieving our fundamental political right of self-determination and to withstand the illegal forcible military control of New Delhi.”
“The unabated killing of civilians is a critical concern for the nation and JRL had met last week to deliberate upon it and was going to take the public on board regarding the deliberations but authorities did not allow (us) to do so as (we) were again detained. Once the leadership meets, the future course of action regarding the issue will be shared and inputs taken,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said.