SRINAGAR: Governor SP Malik’s recent remarks that ‘there was nothing like Operation All Out’ were far from reality, said the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday. The leaders said that India’s home minister and army chief have time and again claimed that anti-militancy operations in J&K were being carried out under ‘Operation All Out’.
In a statement, the JRL asked if there was no Operation All Out, then what term would the Governor like to give to the daily cordon-and-search-operations (CASOs) being conducted across the Valley.
The JRL said that there are footprints of Indian army and other forces in every nook and corner of the Valley and genuine dissent and people’s sentiment is forcibly muzzled.
“The resistance leadership is confined to their homes for months and years and the ultimate repression is on full display across Kashmir, especially since the past three years. In fact, an all-out assault has been launched on all fronts to quell people’s aspirations and challenge our very existence as a nation,” the JRL said, adding, “Militarisation of Valley and unbridled powers given to forces under black laws especially AFSPA are the main reason behind the worst form of state aggression in Kashmir.”
The leadership said that if India’s home minister Rajnath Singh and army chief General Rawat claim that 200 armed youths are active in Kashmir as militants, then what justification is there to keep over seven lakh forces’ personnel here?
“2018 witnessed worst-ever rights violations in Kashmir in recent past as 355 armed youth and 161 civilians were martyred. If this isn’t Operation All Out, then what is this? Last year, 4,524 civilians especially youth were injured with lethal pellets while as eyesight of 724 youths was snatched as pellets ruptured their eyes. How can the Government of India (GoI) justify all this?” the JRL asked.
The leadership further said that the Government of India (GoI) was targeting the state subject laws and Article 35A in a series of petitions in the Supreme Court, in a bid to change the disputed status of J&K, which is “another form of this operation (all-out)”.
“The entire Kashmir in unison will fight every single bid aimed at changing the disputed nature and the demography of the Muslim majority state,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said.