Stumbling block for peace and engagement, says JRL
SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has strongly condemned the killing of another youth Kaiser Bhat of Fateh Kadal who was run over by a CRPF vehicle at Nowhatta on Friday.
In a statement, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said the killing spree of Kashmiris by forces continues despite the “so-called” Ramadan ceasefire, either by bullets, pellets or by crushing them under their vehicles.
“What is worse is that after mowing down Kaiser under forces’ vehicle, a case for ‘rash driving’ has been registered by police in this regard as if the incident happened by accident when it is a case of plain murder,” JRL said adding that the accused would anyway go scot free under AFSPA.
JRL said that firing teargas and pellets on the mourners during the funeral and burial of Kaiser reflects the authorities’ “anti-people” and “inhuman” approach.
“All these repressive measures are big stumbling blocks for peace in Kashmir and any kind of engagement,” the leadership said and regretted that a programme to commemorate the anniversary of Muhajir-e-Millat Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah (RA) at Aali Masjid was not allowed by authorities as restrictions were put in place and the leadership was detained.
JRL thanked people for observing a complete shutdown.