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JRL calls for three-day shutdown in Kashmir over Pulwama killings

Calls for March towards Badami Bagh on Monday


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Srinagar, Dec 15 (KNS): Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohd Yasin Malik on Saturday said that south of Kashmir has been turned into a graveyard for its people especially the youth, as eleven of its residents were killed today by the Indian armed forces who went on a rampage in Pulwama, as Govt of India executes its war on Kashmir.
In a statement issued to KNS, JRL strongly condemned and protested the brutal killing of seven civilians Shabaz Ali, Suhail Ahmed, Liaqat Ahmed, Murtaza Ahmed, Amir Ahmed, Adid Hussain and Tauseef Ahmed murdered in cold blood as forces fired live bullets at people with the intention to kill while three armed youth were martyred.
While scores of people are critical and more than three dozen are injured in the hell let loose upon the people by the forces, JRL said.
“The state terror and human rights abuse is worsening by the day especially under the garb of cordon and search operations,” they said, adding that Army chief had already indicated to the increase in civilian killings with impunity in his recently shocking statements.
JRL said that “shouldering the coffins of our youth each day is now unbearable as is the silence of international community at the massacre in Kashmir. As Govt of India is only interested in our territory and forcibly holds on to it while systematically eliminating the people, it is better that they finish us off at once and that is why leadership has asked GOI to do that as we march towards their army headquarters in Badami Bagh on Monday. Or else stop the killings and massacres and resolve the dispute and save human lives.”
JRL said that there is not even a whimper of protest or concern at these brutal killings shown by any in India who claim it to be a land of Ahimsa and Gandhian ideals is also hugely disappointing.
Leadership said that when it comes to Kashmir all these claims get exposed, all become deaf dumb and blind to it, fearing to take a stand on it as the shrill cacophony of jingoism and hyper nationalism takes sway. “The propaganda machine of Govt of India its biased electronic media aids and abets this barbarity unleashed upon Kashmiris by justifying the killing of civilians branding them as over ground workers of armed youth!,” JRL said.
“The subjugated but resilient people of Kashmir are only asking for the fulfillment of their basic right which is denied to them by force leading to their killing and repression. But seventy years of peoples struggle will not be over by any military measure,” they said.
JRL said that to mourn the Pulwama killings and register their strong protest and condemnation against this cruelty and barbarity people will observe a three day shutdown from today. (KNS)