SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for Lal Chowk Chalo on Saturday, May 19, against the proposed visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Jammu and Kashmir.
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said the proposed visit of Indian premier is aimed at hoodwinking the opinion of the international community.
“Though Indian state and its abettors in Jammu Kashmir have put almost all the leadership either in jails or under house arrest, JRL will stage a peaceful protest on May 19,” the statement said. “If Indian rulers and their abettors really believe in democracy and freedom of speech, they should stop their oppressive tactics and allow JRL to hold this peaceful protest.”
JRL said that Lal Chowk Chalo has been called to demonstrate before the whole world what the people of Kashmir stand for.
“If Indian rulers assume that oppression unleashed by their army and forces has crushed resistance in Kashmir, then they should find some courage to lift ban on political activities of the resistance camp and allow such programmes,” JRL said. “India and its stooges only know to suppress people’s voices under the pretext of so-called democracy and normalcy which is highly condemnable.”
Lal Chowk Chalo will highlight the miseries and hardships faced by people of Kashmir at the hands of “oppressive” forces. “It will also highlight the reign of terror unleashed by Indian occupational forces and will also be a show of solidarity with the people of south Kashmir where Indian army, forces and police have let loose an ugly phase of horror,” the leadership said.
Meanwhile, JRL has paid tributes to ‘Shaheed-e-Millat’, Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq, ‘Shaheed-e-Hurriyat’ Abdul Gani Lone and all the martyrs of the movement. The leadership has called for peaceful public gathering on May 21 to commemorate the anniversaries.