SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for shutdown on Saturday against recent civilian killings, desecration of religious places and graveyards, unjustified deployment of heavy contingent of forces around historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar on Fridays and plight of Kashmiri prisoners.
In a statement, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik appealed people to register peaceful protest against the “barbaric and vile actions of brutality”.
Condemning the “bulldozing of residential houses, damaging the orchards belonging to family members of Hizb commander Zeenat-ul-Islam and desecrating the graveyards of martyrs like Sameer Tiger and all other forms of state terrorism”, JRL said the “freedom loving people of Kashmir should rise to the occasion to safeguard their countless and precious sacrifices”.
The leadership condemned the “hypocritical role” played by chief minister (Mehbooba Mufti) saying she is acting as a mere spectator over the “atrocities” inflicted on the people of Kashmir.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik reminded Mehbooba of her past “when she used to shed crocodile tears at the funeral of slain youth and (while) meeting with families of our martyrs”.
Terming her past political postures as a “farce”, JRL said, “The so-called chief minister of the state exploited the grave and grim situation created by the SOG under the shade of her predecessors. Today, police force has been turned into SOG and a reign of terror has been unleashed in every nook and corner of the state. Civilians are being butchered, apple orchards destroyed, valuables looted, and honour and dignity of a common man has become vulnerable whereas the graph of the human rights violations has crossed limit.”
Taking a dig at the “so-called” coalition regime, the leadership said “the occupational forces are suffering from moral bankruptcy and, as of now, they desecrate graveyards and scriptures”.
“The international norms don’t permit such vile actions even with worst enemies. Taking revenge from the family members of warriors and desecrating their dead bodies is against all human, moral, religious and spiritual ethics,” JRL said.
It appealed UN Secretary General and its member countries to appoint a delegation to take stock of the volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir regarding “gross violations of human rights” by Indian forces.