The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik Wednesday called for a complete shutdown on Saturday (January 13) against the killing of a youth by forces in Khudwani area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Tuesday.
In a joint statement, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik alleged Kashmir has been turned into a killing field, where lives of men, women and children are not safe.
“The reign of terror unleashed by Indian army, police and forces at Khudwani yesterday during which pellets, bullets and shells were showered on people injuring hundreds and killing one innocent can only be termed as ‘state sponsored terrorism’,” they said.
They said a comprehensive protest strike will be observed against yesterday’s killings, ongoing killings of Kashmiri youth and other oppressive measures on January 13.
They appealed people to shut their offices, business establishments, transport and other activities on Saturday and raise their voices against unabated civilian killings by forces in the Valley.
Terming the ongoing spree of killings and unleashing of oppression and ‘act of genocide’, they said, “Indian government has let loose its army, forces and police and given them a free hand to kill Kashmiri youth with impunity. And acting on these orders, the forces are handing over the corpses of our loved ones to us on daily basis.”
The leaders said the sole purpose of these killings is to suppress Kashmiri nation by military might. “These brutal killings have crossed every limit and have become intolerable for Kashmiris. No Kashmiri is ready to tolerate this genocide silently now.”
They said tolerating oppression with silence has never been the practice of living nations and as such “Kashmiris can and will not accept this brutality silently and will keep resisting this aggression with valor and passion.”
The leaders slammed the international community for not doing anything to stop the “genocide and oppression” in Kashmir. “The international community should shun its silence on the plight of Kashmiris as it is duty bound to protect and safeguard humanity everywhere.”
They said Indian rulers and their forces have choked every little space on peaceful political activities and space on every kind of protest has been banned and throttled by Indian forces. “The Kashmiris are forced to use protest strike for registering their protest and resistance.”