SRINAGAR: The “unequivocal, united and unanimous verdict” by the people of Chenab Valley, Pir Panjal, Kashmir and Kargil against the “planned attack” on the identity and distinctiveness of Jammu and Kashmir in the garb of 35-A should serve as an eye opener for Indian rulers and its policy makers, said the joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Sunday.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued here said the protest staged by the people of Jammu and Kashmir at its call is unprecedented.
The leadership termed the unity among people of Jammu and Kashmir over (safeguarding) the state subject law and “unprecedented” protest as heartening, saying that on JRL call, the people of Poonch, Rajouri, Doda, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Kargil and Kashmir Valley staged “exemplary” protest against “Indian moves intended at abrogating the hereditary state subject law in the garb of 35-A”.
“Through this exemplary protest, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have raised their voice against any move or act that is intended to wane, weaken, abrogate or tamper with the national identity and distinctiveness of Jammu Kashmir and have in unequivocal terms and with one voice announced their verdict that no resident of Jammu and Kashmir will accept any such move or judgement,” JRL said.
Geleani, Mirwaiz and Malik said though the state’s police chief announced of allowing protests over Article 35-A, but since Saturday evening, government forces started a fresh spree of nocturnal raids, arrests and other “oppressive” measures.
“Police, as usual, have kept the ailing veteran leader Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest, and last evening raided the residence of Muhammad Yasin Malik who had gone into hiding to evade arrest,” the statement said. “Police have arrested, or put under house detention many other leaders and activists.”