The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik Sunday called for a complete shutdown in Valley and Secretariat Chalo on Monday against the militant and civilian killings in Shopian.
In a joint statement, the leaders appealed people to march towards Civil Secretariat tomorrow and hold a sit-in till the “perpetrators do not agree to put an end to the daily carnage”.
“As the ‘Darbar’ will open in Srinagar, the leadership and people including lawyers, traders, transporters, doctors, government employees, journalists and others will move towards the civil secretariat at around noon and hold a peaceful sit-in till the perpetrators do not agree to put an end to the daily carnage,” they said.
According to them, there is no remorse and no regret by the “perpetrators at these gruesome killings” and in fact they are justified as if Kashmiris are not humans.
“While the protest strike will continue tomorrow (Monday), people can move towards the Secretariat in their private vehicles or on foot towards Secretariat for staging peaceful sit-in,” they said.
Paying rich tributes to five militants including the professor of Kashmir University, the leaders said the “ultimate repression and iron fist policy of New Delhi with the support of local government has made educated and budding youth take to arms .”
“All means of peaceful protests or expression of resistance have been choked leaving the youth of Kashmir with no choice but to pick up arms as a means of resistance against oppression which then leads to their martyrdom,” they said.
The leaders said one thing is clear that New Delhi has decided on a military approach in dealing with Kashmir and the conflict.
“But Delhi and its local supporters in their arrogance of power, fail to understand that neither people of Kashmir nor the resistance leadership will be coerced into submission,” they said.
The leaders said that it has become the moral duty of international community to stand up and play their part in resolving the vexed issue for the everlasting peace in sub-continent.
“Everyday Kashmiris are shouldering the coffins of their loved ones while international community is observing a criminal silence over it,” the leaders said and urged the world bodies to break their silence and intervene into the resolution of Kashmir issue at the earliest.