The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik Thursday called for Valley wide peaceful protests after Friday congregational prayers against civilian killings, indiscriminate use of pellet guns and vandalising of properties.
“All sections of society including mosque clergies, teachers, lawyers, intellectuals, civil societies, traders, students, state employees should participate in the protests against civilian killings, use of pellet guns and forces highhandedness,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said in a joint statement.
They appealed the international community to take cognizance of the killings in Kashmir and come to the rescue of subjugated people in Kashmir”.
“The growing aggression against unarmed and peaceful people in the state has touched the alarming proportion and turned this beautiful place into a battlefield,” the leaders said.
They alleged that under a well-thought-out plan, Indian authorities, forces and their “henchmen” are carrying out genocide in Kashmir.
“The killings, torture, detentions and arbitrary measures won’t deter us from pursuing the mission nor will it break our resolve,” they said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq slammed the government for allowing a “pro-rapist rally” in Jammu imposing curfew in Valley to disallow mourning over killings.
“The duplicity of PDP-BJP government stands exposed now. In Jammu they are allowing goons to hold pro-rapist rallies. And in Kashmir, curfew, bullets and closing schools in the name of law and order has become a norm,” Mirwaiz told Rising Kashmir.
Later in a tweet, Mirwaiz said, “Goons of Jammu Bar and political opportunists are given a free run to enforce the despicable pro-rapist bandh in Jammu while in Kashmir bullets, pellets, curfews, arrests, gags, closing of Edu. Institutions order of the day to maintain law & order & prevent untoward incidents! What duplicity!”.
The JRL leaders Geelani and Mirwaiz continue to remain under house arrest at their respective residences while Malik has been lodged in central Jail Srinagar.
Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, who has been lodged at Kothibagh police station, told Rising Kashmir over phone that authorities have launched a crackdown on separatists and senior leaders including Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Mohammad Yusuf Naqash, Bilal Siddique, Mohd Ashraf Laya, Mohd Yasin Ataie, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Bashir Ahmad and Mohammad Yusuf have been either arrested or placed under house arrest.