SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Wednesday said attacks on Kashmiri businessmen, students, tourists and people from other walks of life in various states of India is “distressing and apparently instigated by the ruling regime of India”.
“The videos and photographs (showing) Kashmiris being beaten, humiliated, looted and oppressed in various Indian states will only push more Kashmiri youth to the wall and path of rebellion,” JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said in a statement.
Condemning the unrelenting attacks on Kashmiris in various Indian cities, JRL said these attacks are “distressing and horrible”.
The attacks on Kashmiri students, including girls, in various colleges, universities and institutions across India; businessmen, tourists and people from other walks of life including government employees, is in every respect a “dangerous trend” that is promoting hatred between humans, the leadership said.
Since past one week, Kashmiri students, businessmen, tourists are being humiliated and beaten ruthlessly by unruly mobs, their shops and business centres are being looted and vandalised in a broad day light “with police in many cases watching as mute spectators”, JRL said. “This widespread, organised unilateral violence against Kashmiris is apparently instigated by the ruling regime in India as no one till date has been penalised or arrested for these hateful attacks.”
“When announcements of vengeance come from as high as prime minister’s office, home minster and other political class, when a sitting governor of Meghalaya Tathagata Roy is tweeting publicly to boycott Kashmiris and he is not even asked to restraint and when TV channels dying for their TRP are let free to spread hatred and venom, how can these ugly attacks be termed as mere acts of resentment and anger,” JRL said.
The leadership said that in 1984, after the assassination of former Indian prime minster Indira Gandhi, the Sikhs all over India especially in Delhi were in same manner attacked systematically and a campaign of hatred was launched to defame them.
“Now Kashmiris are being targeted all over India, careers of students is being played with; business establishments are being vandalised and looted at will, which is highly condemnable,” it said. “First mobs were let free to harass, beat and humiliate them and afterwards these students are being booked under concocted charges, suspended from studies and hence left in jeopardy”
JRL said on one hand, rulers are not letting anyone to establish private colleges, varsities and institutions in Kashmir and on the other; we are witnessing the careers of students studying in Indian colleges and universities being ruined, which is most unacceptable.
“The ruling and political class in India should realise the fact that the videos, news and images of Kashmiris being beaten, looted and humiliated in India, will only promote hatred between humans and push more youth from Kashmir to the armed path and hence promote violence,” the leadership said. “When you ruin career of young scholars and students by beating and humiliating them and instead of penalising any attacker, reprimanding and punishing those attacked by suspending them from colleges and varsities, what alternative way are you leaving for these scholars but to tread the path of rebellion,” JRL asked.
“Kashmiris throughout history have always safeguarded religious harmony and protected all outsiders living or working here and we will InShaAllah stand firm and provide safety, relief and other assistance to every outsider present on our land in future too and uphold our tradition in ensuring the safety of every human being,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said.