Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Wednesday called for Valley-wide shutdown tomorrow against the civilian killings in Khudwani village of South Kashmir’s Kulgam district and in solidarity with the Kathua rape and murder victim Asifa.
Addressing a press conference at Abi Guzar Chowk here, JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik said JRL has called for Valley wide shutdown on Thursday against the killings of civilians in Kulgam and to express solidarity with the Kathua rape and murder victim Asifa.
Geelani and Mirwaiz, who are under house arrest, addressed the press conference via phone.
In his telephonic address, Geelani said some people were trying to give communal colour to the gruesome rape and murder of 8-year-old Kathua girl Asifa.
He said JRL is keenly watching the developments of probe in the case. “Some people in Jammu are trying to give it a communal colour and sowing the seeds of hatred in the region. I would like to tell these people to refrain from such acts as it will push Jammu back to the 1947 like situation.”
The Hurriyat (G) chairman said some handful lawyers and civil society members of Jammu should stop giving communal colour to the crime and instead join struggle for right-to-self-determination, which is a basic right of every citizen of J&K.
Referring to Kulgam killings, Geelani said India has turned Kashmir into a “playground of bloodbath”. “The wounds of Shopian were still fresh and another massacre has been carried out by Army. J&K is an unfortunate part of the world, where India has crossed all levels of brutality and oppression”.
In his address, Mirwaiz said people of Kashmir should mentally be prepared for an agitation against this bloodshed and massacre of Kashmiris. “The leaders and youth have been pushed to the wall. We have been caged while the youth are being killed one by one”.
He said south Kashmir has been made primary target and “Pick and choose” policy is being carried out to kill youth. “In such a situation, India has declared war against Kashmiris”.
Mirwaiz said in view of the general election in India, the Government of India has given a free hand to its force to kill Kashmiris. “Every community should come forward and raise voice against this bloodshed”.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman said they are very keenly watching the developments of the Kathua rape and murder case and any act to shield the killers would have “dangerous consequences.”
Malik said whole India had come on roads during the Nirbhaya case but the brutal rape and murder of a minor Muslim girl of Kathua has become a political game for them.
Stating that Muslims of Jammu are not alone, he said, “Whole Kashmir is at the back of the Muslims of Jammu. The Hurriyat leaders and people of Kashmir will never leave them alone”.
JKLF chairman said Indian army has been on a killing spree in Kashmir and its TV channels are later “glamorising this bloodbath by their forces in Kashmir”.
After the press conference, Malik along with other Hurriyat leaders and supporters tried to march towards Lal Chowk.
They gave stiff resistance to police men, who were deployed in the city centre in strength with anti-riot gears.
The policemen bundled Malik and his supporters in a police jeep and lodged them in Police Station Kothibagh.