Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Friday said that the resilience and determination shown by the people of J&K forced the Supreme Court of India to defer the case challenging the hereditary state subject law.
According to a statement, the leadership said, “The complete unity and steadfastness showed by all the people including traders, students, transporters, civil society lawyers, state employees, journalists and one and all, in strongly challenging this serious assault on our identity and disputed status shows that the strength of people’s unity and determination can unnerve even a mighty adversary and push it back.”
The JRL said that the great courage shown by the entire people of the J&K from Pir Panjal –Doda, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Poonch, Bhadwah to border areas of Thangdhar and Gurez to Kargil and the valley of Kashmir has made it clear to “the New Delhi that despite all force at its command, it cannot subdue a people determined to safeguard their identity and be masters of their destiny”.
“The people and leadership are acutely aware that they are the custodians of the immense sacrifices being made by the nation for the last several decades in its quest for ‘Right to Self-Determination’ and will always be ready to protect it at all costs,” the leadership said. “This has amply been demonstrated by the people in the course of unanimous protests and stiff resistance offered to the challenge to the state subject laws.”
The JRL said that people and leadership will continue to remain alert and ready at all times to protect our interests and safeguard our struggle. They said that after deliberations, future course of action in this regard will be conveyed.
“The orderliness and discipline maintained by the people in organising and executing the protests including the exemplary strikes is praiseworthy and should be followed in future also,” they said.