SRINAGAR: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik paid homage and expressed deep grief at killing of scholar militant Mannan Wani and his associate Ashiq Hussain Zargar in a gunfight in Handwara.
It urged people to observe a complete shutdown on Friday to pay homage to Mannan and his associate “and protest such killings which are the result of occupation”.
A JRL statement issued here said that it is an immense tragedy of Kashmir “that our budding youth, professors and engineers, intellectuals and writers like Shaheed Manan, the future of our nation, are paying the price of the greed and follies of those, who since 1947 misled the people through deceit and in violation of international principles of humanity and justice, pushing them under the yoke of occupation for the past 71 years now”.
“Our fourth generation is bearing the brunt of that fraud and manipulation.”
JRL said that no nation wants to shoulder the coffins of their youth, “but when oppression and subjugation reaches its height as is the case in Kashmir, people especially the young are forced and under pressure to stand up to resist it. Govt. of India has pushed our youth to such a fate,” the leadership said.
It said the nation pays homage to these “fearless sons of the soil and their sacrifice”.
The leadership also condemned the killing of pro-freedom activist, Tariq Ahmed Ganai at Meemander, Shopian at the hands of unidentified gunmen. The statement said that the before this incident many pro-freedom activists have been targeted by unidentified gunmen which seems to be well thought of plan.
It also strongly opposed the re-establishment of forces camps in Khudwani, Redwani, Kulgam, Shopian, and Alamgari Bazar, Khonkhan near Transport Yard, stating that it’s a new ploy of the authorities to instill fear among the local population.
Because of the construction of new camps, JRL said, people in many areas of south Kashmir have started migrating to safer places.