SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for a complete shutdown on Monday against the “brutal” killings of 18 Kashmiris in the last 3 days and injuries to hundreds by government forces’ “indiscriminate” use of bullets, pellets and other “oppressive” measures.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said forces have crossed every limit of tyranny and enjoy complete immunity.
“These barbaric forces are spilling the blood of Kashmiris at will without any remorse,” the leadership said.
Paying tributes to those killed in the last three days, JRL said, “Kashmir has been turned into a slaughter house where Indian forces are free to kill, maim, torture, vandalise and harass common people. (This) has only one purpose – to enforce and strengthen a military occupation.”
JRL said “New Delhi using its brute force is responsible for violence in valley as it suppressed the peaceful resistance of Kashmiris especially in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016 with police and military might, chocked every little space on peaceful activities and continues to suppress peaceful resistance with military and police might”.
The leadership said New Delhi for the last 71 years has failed to recognise Kashmiris’ aspirations of right to self-determination, and instead of accepting the reality, is busy killing them.
“All this is being done in the name of so-called democracy and peace which in fact is worst kind of autocracy and dictatorship,” it said.
Appealing people to observe a complete shutdown against killing spree, JRL said, “Our protest against state-sponsored terrorism should send a (strong message) to India that tyranny and oppression can’t defeat our valour and passion for right to self-determination.”