Shutdown to continue today: JRL Tasadduq is wrong, PDP-BJP partner in genocide: Mirwaiz

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Monday extended the strike over killings in Shopian by the day for Tuesday while Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq alleged that PDP-BJP coalition government is partner in genocide of Kashmiris.

The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement today extended the strike against killings by a day.
“In view of Shopian killings and curbs on our Secretarait Chalo call, we have decided to continue the shutdown program on May 8 (Tuesday) also,” read the joint statement issued by the three leaders.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz said the PDP-BJP government is not partner in crime but “partners in genocide”.
He was referring to remarks of Mehbooba’s brother Tassaduq Mufti.

Tassaduq, who is tourism minister, had said that the two parties (PDP and BJP) have “ended up being partners in a crime (for which) an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood”.
“Tasadduq should correct himself. They are not partners in crime but partners in genocide,” Mirwaiz told reporters outside his Nageen residence when he tried to defy house arrest restrictions and march towards Civil Secretariat along with other Hurriyat activists on the call of JRL.

He denounced the police action of not allowing separatist leaders and people to hold a peaceful sit-in.
“Now scholars like Prof Rafi are pushed to militancy. The brutalities have reached to a height where the intellectual and well educated youth are forced to pick up the gun. Does the government want to convert Kashmir into Afghanistan? Do they want that one person from each house should pick up the gun,” Mirwaiz said.
He said south Kashmir has been turned into a military garrison and youth are being killed.
“We are not allowed to mourn at the funerals of our youth who are killed by the forces,” he said.