SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday held a meeting at Hyderpora and discussed the prevailing situation in Kashmir.
A statement issued here said the leadership strongly condemned the “wide-scale bloodshed, arrest spree of youth, thrashing of residents during CASO and damaging property across Kashmir by forces”.
JRL said Kashmiri youth are being selectively killed and property damaged under a “sinister design by New Delhi to consolidate its grip of occupation over Jammu & Kashmir”.
The “suppression” has reached a stage where it has become unbearable for the people to silently tolerate it further, JRL said adding that in order to defeat these “cruel designs” of New Delhi, the leadership has decided to have wide-ranging consultations with all factions of the society to frame a comprehensive joint strategy and present it before the people.
JRL urged the international community to take serious note of the events unfolding in the “pain-stricken” Kashmir.
The leadership said that Indian Army Chief‘s recent statement has further encouraged the men in uniform to “increase brutality” upon Kashmiris. “Indian electronic media (also) leaves no stone unturned to project the Kashmir situation in such a colour that appears to justify the brutality of forces against Kashmiris,” it said.
JRL also condemned the crackdown on the resistance leadership saying that most of the leaders have been booked under PSA and lodged in jails outside J&K, which reflects the “dictatorial and authoritarian” approach of New Delhi.
The number of political prisoners of Kashmir is increasing with each passing day as they are not even produced before the respective courts for trial.
“Despite ultimate repression being unleashed across Kashmir, the resistance leadership and every single citizen of Kashmir is committed to birth right – the right to self-determination,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said.