The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday called for a valley-wide shutdown on Wednesday against the ‘recent killings and search operations’ in South and North Kashmir.
In a statement, JRL appealed to the people to observe a shutdown on Wednesday.
A woman was killed in South Kashmiri’s Shopian district on Tuesday during an encounter in which two militants were also killed. Another woman was also killed in Handwara district by the forces during a gunfight last week.
Terming the ongoing killings of innocent men and women by ‘Indian trigger happy forces’ as agonizing, JRL in a joint press release have said that spree of brutal killings has crossed every limit and has now become intolerable.
Leaders said that no Kashmiri is ready to tolerate this genocide silently and no stone will be left unturned to stop these brutalities. Leaders said that some days back, ‘a poor lady Misra Bano was targeted with bullets at Handwara and killers and their abettors tried to cover it up by putting blame on cross firing’.
The statement said that only few days after this ‘brutal killing these trigger happy soldiers of illegal occupation gunned down another innocent boy Asif Iqbal who was a lone bread earner for his family and same theory of cross firing was repeated’.
“Today these blood thirsty men in uniform have taken the life of another innocent woman at Shupian and injured many more critically and the story may remain the same. Similarly another Kashmiri youth Zahid Ahmad was put to death at Rajasthan in mysterious conditions,” the statement said.
JRL said that be it ‘Indian occupying army, its killer forces or abettors in the form of police and civil administration, each one of these is here to kill Kashmiris with impunity and at will and pro-India politicians remain deployed to provide them with a legal cover’.
JRL said that from 1947 till date, Lakhs of people have been killed and maimed by Indian army, police and forces. “Though these killings have been triggered by Indian forces but the responsibility lies on the shoulders of those pro-India politicians, assembly members and so-called rulers who provide legal cover and immunity to the killers and thus contribute in this genocide,” added the statement.
JRL leaders said that according to the law of nature every tyranny and tyrant has a fixed life and when tyranny exceeds its limits it is bound to perish, this is why Indian aggression and tyranny is also bound to die soon as it has also crossed every limit.
Leaders said, “tolerating oppression with silence has never been the practice of living nations and as such Kashmiris can and will not accept this brutality silently and will keep resisting this aggression with valor and passion.”