Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership of Kashmir (JRL) while denouncing the policy of ‘killing and repression adopted by Indian authorities.’ said that the ongoing bloodshed at the hands of government forces amounts to systematic genocide of Kashmiris.
JRL, comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement cautioned that attempts by authorities through use of “brute force and coercion to bent people of Kashmir on their knees to give up their genuine struggle, nurtured by the sacrifices of lakhs of martyrs, will only further deteriorate the already deteriorated situation on the ground”.
Paying rich tributes to the six militants including Soliha Muhammad Akhoon, Rasiq Mir, Rouf Mir, Umar Ramzan, Nadeem Muzafar and Faisal Javaid who were killed in an encounter with the government forces at Awantipora, the leadership said that it is the extreme repression and suffocation which pushes young generation to a path of taking up arms and lay down their precious life.
Day in and day out youth feel suspect as they are summoned to Police Stations where they are harassed and tortured.
“Every day youth become the target of killing by forces anywhere in the valley and there is no accountability from the killers. The killing of their friends relatives neighbors with impunity frustrates them further and all this adds up to their anger forcing many to take this path,”JRL stated.
Besides, no political space is provided by the state for youth to express their sentiments and aspirations.
JRL said that it is the “dictatorship and arrogance of Indian government” and its “reluctance to engage in a peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute” which is responsible for killing of the Kashmiri’s especially the youth.
“The sacrifices rendered by our young for their inalienable right of self determination are unforgettable,” it said.
The leadership has appealed the people to offer Jinaza prayers in absentia in mosques, Khankhas and Imam Baras on Sunday 23rd Dec 2018 for these martyrs and also pray for the freedom of Kashmir.