Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership said on Saturday condemned the killing of civilian Bilal Ahmed Khan in Gannopora Shopian and critical injuring over dozens of protesters by security forces in the southern Kashmir district.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued here called for a complete strike on August 5, 6 against the assault on Article 35. The strike will also be observed as a protest against the unabated killing of civilians and armed youth, the statement said.
The Leadership paid rich tributes to the five armed youth killed in Shopian gunfight and said that after Zuhr prayers on August 5 funeral prayers in absentia will be held across Kashmir for the civilians and armed youth killed in the recent encounters across Kashmir.
The Leadership, as per the statement, asked the people to make the strike call forAugust 5 and 6 a success so that a strong message goes to the international community as to how New Delhi was crushing the legitimate struggle of people through its “military and deceitful means”.
Paying tributes to nine armed youth killed in various encounters in the past two days in Shopian, Kupwara and Sopore and also the civilian Bilal Ahmed from Shopian, the JRL said that the youth are making the greatest sacrifice of their life for the “sacred peoples’ movement of self-determination.”
“Martyrdom of our youth is extremely sad and painful for the whole nation and puts the onus on each one of us to safeguard these sacrifices and strive all the more for our just political right,” the Leadership said.
The leadership said that there was hardly any day when Kashmiri people don’t shoulder the coffin of their loved ones, and yet the resolve and commitment of people of Kashmir towards the movement for right to self-determination remains unshaken.
“While the current assault on 35A is part of the policy to change the demographic character of the state, the sustained killing of our youth is aimed at slowly finishing off our next generation,” they said.
Questioning the criminal silence of the world community, the Leadership added that despite the UNHRC report, the conscience of international community refuses to wake up.