The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik Tuesdaysaid for the people of Kashmir “Indian judiciary is no different from itsexecutive and legislative authority in dealing with them as has been proved time and again especially since the last three decades.”
In a joint statement, the leaders said there is no expectation, hope of justice for the daily killings of civilians by Indian forces, who enjoy the cover of legal impunity under AFSPA-like laws and hence are free from accountability and prosecution.
“Eight lakh forces stationed in Kashmir are used as a vehicle formaintaining forcible control over the people and territory of Kashmir. As a consequence of the unbridled powers bestowed upon forces, overone lakh civilians have been killed with bullets and pellets either during massacres, civil protests, agitations or cordon and search operation,” they said adding, “None of the perpetrators have ever been brought to book or punished although many ‘inquiries’ were ordered up an immediate remedy to bring the situation under control and assuage peoples’ anger.”
They said once in a while when the unproved and target killing of civilians by the forces is too obvious as in the case of Shopian onJanuary 28 where three young boys were shot dead by troops and the administration was forced to file an FIR, there has been a hue and cryacross India that how forces were indicted.
“The biased Indian media goes all guns to defend the “perpetrators”.The judiciary immediately comes to the rescue of the perpetrators and even the attempt to some kind of investigation in the killing is stayed. In such a situation to expect any justice for the young boys killed by troops in Shopian is futile,” the leaders said.
They said the political struggle of people of Kashmir is based on the universal principle of right to self determination in deciding their destiny.
“No amount of injustice and repression or the use of brute force and aggression will make the people give up their demand. Repression will only reinforce it further,” they said.
The leaders maintained that the resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with internationally accepted norms of justice and fairness is the only way to ensure peace in the region and end to bloodshed and death.