Joint Resistance Leadership condemns atrocities in Kashmir

Srinagar Oct 30:

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik freed from the their prolonged house confinement and police custody held a meeting at the Hyderpora residence of resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani where they had a thorough discussion over the prevailing situation in Kashmir.

Strongly condemning the wide-scale bloodshed, arrest spree of youth, thrashing of residents during CASO and damaging property at large scale across the length and breadth of Kashmir by the Indian occupational forces present in the Valley, the JRL said that the Indian forces have unleashed a naked aggression against the people of Kashmir where youth are being selectively killed and property damaged under a sinister design to consolidate the grip of occupation over Jammu & Kashmir by New-Delhi.

The JRL said that the suppression has reached a stage where it has become unbearable for the population which cannot silently tolerate it further. In order to defeat these cruel designs of New-Delhi, the JRL has decided to have wide-ranging consultations with all factions of the society including political organizations, religious organizations, lawyers, traders, transporters, employees, academicians, civil society and others to frame a comprehensive joint strategy and present it before the people.

The JRL termed the blowing up of houses with explosive material, thrashing of relatives including women of even slain armed youth, merciless beating of people during CASO’s and damaging property including the apple and other fruit orchards as crimes against humanity committed by the Indian forces. The JRL urged international community to take serious note of the events unfolding in the pain-stricken Kashmir. While strongly denouncing these inhuman acts, the JRL said people of Kashmir, especially people living in south Kashmir have completely been left at the mercy of the Indian forces, who have made the life of common citizens hell by not even allowing them to go to their paddy fields and orchards to reap the crop.

The JRL said that it is so unfortunate that whosoever tries to raise a voice against the brutality of forces, is silenced either by ruthless torture or through other means of repression. The leadership said that Indian forces have turned Kashmir into a killing field where innocent people including women are killed with immunity by Indian forces anytime, anywhere.

The JRL said that Indian army Chief Bipin Rawat’s recent statement has given further encouragement to the men in uniform to increase brutality and killing against Kashmiris besides indulging in widespread vandalism to prevent/chock voice of protest against these brutalities.

The JRL said while Indian forces are resorting to the worst human rights violations against the people of Kashmir unabatedly, Indian electronic media leaves no stone unturned to project the Kashmir situation in such a color that appears to justify the brutality of the forces against the Kashmiries.

The JRL strongly condemned the crackdown on the resistance leadership stating that most of the resistance leaders have been booked under PSA and lodged in jails outside the J&K State which reflects the dictatorial and authoritarian approach of New Delhi to muzzle the voice and rights of the people through a naked display of its military might. The JRL said those who complete their term under PSA, are even slapped with second and third PSA just to ensure their illegal and continues detention. The number of political prisoners of Kashmir is increasing with every passing day as they are not even produced before the respective courts for trial.

The JRL said that despite ultimate repression being unleashed across Kashmir, the resistance leadership and every single citizen of Kashmir is committed to their birth right, the right to self determination and for that the ongoing struggle will continue at all levels.