SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Wednesday said the “ongoing slaughter” of Kashmiris by government forces, arrest spree and use of NIA, ED and other agencies to “intimidate and suppress peaceful resistance” are all manifestation of “anti-democratic and colonial behaviour” of Indian rulers who through these harsh measures want to defeat Kashmiri resistance.
The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said after the mass uprising of 2016, Indian leadership with the active support of its local “stooges” and “biased” media launched a “vicious” campaign against the resistance leadership and used NIA and ED to suppress it but all their efforts failed to defeat the valour of Kashmiris who refused to surrender before might.
“Now, once again, NIA and ED intimidation has been started and a fresh FIR by NIA has been filed against ailing Syeda Asiya Andrabi who is already in jail since many months. This is nothing but a frustrated effort to defeat Kashmiri resistance,” JRL said.
The leaders have asked the international community to intervene and stop Indian “aggression” on Kashmiris.
“It is important for UN to take concrete steps and help Kashmiris realise their right of self-determination,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said.
Meanwhile, the leaders and activists of JRL staged a peaceful protest at city centre Lal Chowk here against increasing crackdowns, killings, arrests and repeated use of NIA, ED and other agencies to “intimidate” and “harass” Kashmiris.
A statement issued here said the peaceful sit-in was addressed by advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt, Ghulam Nabi Zaki and Hakim Abdul Rashid.
The leaders in their address said, “Innocent blood is being spilled by Indian forces callously in Kashmir. Oppression unleashed against Kashmiris in the name of crackdowns, killings, NIA, ED, spree of arrests and other oppressive measures will yield India nothing but failure.”