Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Saturday urged people of Jammu and Kashmir to mark August 15 as ‘black day’ and observe a complete shutdown.
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Yasin Malik said that while India will celebrate its Independence Day on August 15, its “military might and oppression” will be trampling on the aspirations of independence of the people of Kashmir.
The leadership said that New Delhi through its lakhs of troops was muzzling voices of freedom in Kashmir and people, especially the younger generation, were being “selectively” killed every other day. “This all is done to strengthen the grip of occupation on Kashmir,” the JRL statement said.
Reminding New Delhi of the promise of Jawaharlal Nehru made at Srinagar’s Lal Chowk, that the people of Kashmir will be provided a chance to decide their future, the JRL said, “The present dispensation at Delhi is so much immersed in the lust of power and military might that it only knows the policy of repression by means of which Kashmiris are being butchered like animals.”
Condemning the arrest spree and crackdown on civilian population ahead of India’s Independence Day, the leadership said that deputy commissioners and municipalities are asking students of private and government schools, including their parents, and government employees to attend August 15 functions in their respective areas, which, the leadership said, reflects the “frustration on part of the state administration”.
“Issuing diktats and forcibly asking students and government employees to attend August 15 functions is sufficient to prove that New Delhi and its local supporters have failed in Kashmir despite unleashing ultimate repression,” the leaders said in their statement.