Civilian killings: JRL condemns, calls for candlelight vigil today

Civilian killings: JRL condemns, calls for candlelight vigil today
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Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has appealed the people to hold a candlelight vigil and torch processions on Sunday after Magrib (evening) prayers against the “ongoing killing spree in Kashmir.”
The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and incarcerated Muhammad Yasin Malik condemned the “barbarism let loose against the people of Kashmir by government forces.”
In a statement issued on Saturday, the leadership condemned the killing of a youth in Budgam and a girl in Kulgam.
“It clearly reflects that New Delhi believes in a policy of military might to suppress Kashmiris and their aspirations,” they said, in the statement.
The JRL that the world community has to break its silence in the face of such oppression and urge government of India to stop these unabated killing and put a halt to its military approach.
The leadership said with these two killings, more than 400 Kashmiri’s have been killed this year.
“The policy of targeting pro-freedom leadership by the state continues and the killing of TeH leaders Mir Hafizullah is a serious assault,” they said.
The leaders said that “such tactics will have no bearing either on the peoples movement or leaderships resolve in supporting it”.
“The incarcerated leaders and activists including Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Mushtaq ul Islam, Feroz Ahmad Khan, Basharat Ahmad Mir, Lateef ul Islam, Imtiyaz Ahmed Mir, Farooq Ahmed Bhat, Bashir Ahmed Quresehi, Bashir Ahmed Dar, Muhamamd Shafi Dar, Khursheed Ahmed Parray, Firdious Ahmed Parray, Shakeel Ahmed Thokar and dozens of many others have been shifted to Haryana prison in blatant violation of Indian supreme court ruling,” the statement reads.
The leadership said that “it is aimed at psychologically torturing Kashmiri prisoners”.
The JRL farther said: “While we condemn any killing, the arrest of two women on mere suspicion in connection with the killing of two BJP leaders in Kishtwar, is vindictive and authoritarian.”
The leaders also expressed serious concern over the “mounting pressure on the Muslim community in Kishtwar after the killing of two BJP leaders”. The leaders demanded immediate release of two women arrested in Kishtwar.