The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik Monday expressed deep sorrow and anger over killing of Shahid Ashraf Dar, Sameer Ahmed Bhat alias Sameer Tiger and Aqib Ahmad Khan in Drabgam, Pulwama on Monday and called for complete shutdown tomorrow.
In a joint statement issued here, the three leaders paid glowing tributes to the deceased youth Shahid, Sameer and Aqib.
“By choking all means of peaceful expression, Kashmir’s young generation is being pushed to the wall. The heavily armed state machinery by using immense lethal force against our vulnerable youth is adding fuel to the fire and making the situation more fragile,” they said.
The leaders said people of Kashmir are offering immense sacrifices on all fronts and the entire nation is committed to safeguard these sacrifices and remain steadfast towards the goal.
They called for complete strike across Kashmir on May 1 (Tuesday) against the killings.
“The open aggression against the people of South Kashmir is reflective of the fact that people have been left at the mercy of forces as a result youth are killed at the will and wish of the forces,” they alleged.
They said under the garb of encounter with the armed youth, the forces have unleashed a reign of terror. “Shielded by draconian laws, they are selectively targeting and killing Kashmir’s young generation knowing full well that they will not be held accountable. By indiscriminately firing bullets, pellets and tear gas shells at peaceful protestors in Drabgam, they killed budding flowers and left dozens seriously injured.”
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said peace cannot prevail in South Asia as long as the Kashmir dispute remains unresolved.
“It is high time for New Delhi to shun its obduracy and acknowledge the ground reality in Kashmir. Sooner or later, the people of Kashmir will have to be given a chance to exercise their political will,” they added.