JRL condemns killings ‘Troops given licence to wipe out Kashmiris’

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Mohammad Yasin Malik Saturday strongly condemned forces for killing three civilians including a teenage girl in Redwani Kulgam.
In a statement, the three leaders said firing live bullets on civilians in order to kill them reflects the policy of Government of India (GoI) to “crush all dissent with use of absolute force and might. It becomes clear that a green signal has been given to forces to wipe off Kashmiris without any distinction of being armed or unarmed”.
“All those who raise their voice against military presence or protest it, would be dealt firmly by eliminating them with absolute impunity is the message that is being given to people of Kashmir by such barbaric killings. The idea is to instil fear among people,” they said.
The leaders said killings, incarceration, torture and harassment won’t stop them from demanding their right to self-determination nor will incarceration torture and harassment.
They asked the GoI to stop treating Kashmir as a ‘colony’.
“People of Kashmir have shown that they will never give in to fear and repression nor will they be cowed down by India’s militaristic might,” the leaders said.
Reiterating that people of Kashmir are peaceful and want peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute, they said, “GoI has to understand that it cannot hold on to Kashmir or force Kashmiris into submission by using absolute force forever”.
The leaders while reiterating call for complete shutdown on Sunday (July 8) said the day was observed as a black day against Kulgam killings.
They urged people to offer funeral prayers in absentia for the those killed in Kulgam and to observe a blackout after 8pm against the continued killings
Terming the present political situation in Kashmir as catastrophic, the leaders urged the international community to take note of the worst human rights violations and oppression being perpetrated here .
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik also strongly denounced the fresh wave of CASOs across south Kashmir.
Condemning harassment, arresting and torture of youth and vandalizing of property, they said these measures are nothing but a “political vendetta aimed at breaking the resolve of people.”