‘Cowardly and barbaric’: JRL calls for shutdown on Thursday

‘Cowardly and barbaric’: JRL calls for shutdown on Thursday
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SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Tuesday expressed shock over the “cowardly and barbaric” killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Mir Hafizullah by “government agencies”, and has called for complete shutdown on Thursday against it.
The leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement also called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers “to show solidarity with the movement and martyrs who laid their lives to end this age-old slavery”.
“Indian rulers through their local collaborators have always eliminated political activists who raise(d) their voice against this unholy and unjustified forced occupation,” JRL said. “Mir Hafizullah was a highly educated, sensible and visionary pro-freedom leader, and his sincerity, dedication and sacrifices have earned him a distinguished place and status in the state political circles especially south Kashmir.”
JRL said in every mass uprising, particularly in 2016, Mir Hafizullah played a pivotal and central role for about five months to sustain that movement and gave a very tough time to government forces. “Finally they trapped him in a deceitful manner,” the leaders said.
“Mir Hafizullah was behind the bars most of the time and was recently released after about two years. Authorities tried very hard to break his will and threatened him with dire consequences if he did not toe their line. When they failed to bow him down, they decided to eliminate him,” JRL said. “For the last couple of months, he (Mir Hafizullah) received suspicious phone calls, was even threatened and harassed, but this brave son of the soil ignored all these threats. This morning, most cunningly and brutally, these champions of so-called democracy succeeded in silencing him forever. They very brazenly pumped several bullets in his chest.”
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik paid tributes to Mir Hafizullah and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
They also appealed to the international human rights organisations and the champions of democracy to “wake up from the deep slumber and open eyes and mind to check these barbaric and extra-judicial killings under the patronage of Indian forces”.