SRINAGAR: The march towards Badami Bagh army cantonment called by the joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik was foiled by authorities on Monday.
While Geelani’s residence was sealed by government forces, Mirwaiz tried to defy the house arrest to lead the protest march but was detained. Yasin Malik, who had gone into hiding since Saturday, appeared in Lal Chowk in the morning to lead the march but was also detained along with party activists.
Geelani in a statement said the Pulwama “carnage” is “just an addition to the hundreds of massacres” the Indian forces carried out in Kashmir.
“Even the die-hard hyper nationalist people in India, with little humanness left, couldn’t hold back their tears after witnessing the bloodbath of (Pulwama) innocents,” he said in a statement issued here.
“The inhuman and ruthless attitude by Indian forces is going on for the last 71 years and the loss of hundreds of thousands of precious lives is a blot on the so-called Indian democracy and their local stooges, who are partners in this heinous crime. No conscious human can forgive them for this brutality and bloodshed,” Geelani said.
Before he was detained, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said forces have become a killing machine. “Killing of 10 Kashmiris including 8th standard student, young fathers, sons, and brothers, all common Kashmiris, are deeply saddening,” he said.
He said after indiscriminate killings, civilians are branded as over ground workers and terrorists, which is preposterous in itself, but what is worse is that this propaganda is used as a means of endorsing and justifying the civilians killings by armed forces, Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz said the Government of India (GoI) “has overplayed the terrorist /Pak proxy/instigators card and no is buying this narrative except some people in India at whom it is aimed at, for electoral gains as the world sees for itself the ever-growing graph of atrocities and massacres of Kashmiris who are only asking for a just and peaceful resolution of the dispute”.
Extending his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, Mirwaiz said, “We are not even allowed to express our sorrow and mourn these brutalities as our tormentors give us no space to grieve collectively and express our outrage and overwhelming emotions at these killings.”
“We can only express our sorrow and outrage by stopping our daily business, as each day we lose valuable lives. Shutdown is the only collective response left with us to express our condolences our sorrow our solidarity and our outrage to such atrocities. Every other space for the expression of our emotions is barred by force,” he said.
Mirwaiz said people and leadership also want peace but not the peace of graveyard to which our people are being sent.
“We want peace of the living and an end to bloodshed on all sides, the only guarantee of that is a political resolution of the Kashmir dispute not a military solution,” he said.
JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik before being taken into police custody told media persons that forces have become addicted to Kashmiri blood.
He said while Kashmiris are being killed at will, the international community, to safeguard its business ties with India, is maintaining a criminal silence.
“We want to ask the international community that why this apathy towards humans in Kashmir. Isn’t your conscience asking you any questions about this criminal silence?” Malik said adding that the International community needs to shun “double standards” and “try to hold the hands of Indian killers and assassins back and save humans in Kashmir”.
He said “carnage” at Pulwama was not the first of its kind as Indian army and other forces have in past carried out many such massacres in Jammu Kashmir.