Srinagar, April 30: The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik have expressed deep sorrow and anger over the killing of Shahid Ashraf Dar, Sameer Ahmed Bhat and Aqib Ahmad Khan on Monday, April 30 at Drabgam in Pulwama.
The JRL said that under the garb of encounter with the armed youth the state forces which include army, police and CRPF 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.
In a joint statement issued FAST KASHMIR here, the JRL paid glowing tributes to the martyred youth Shahid, Sameer and Aqib, the Leadership said that 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.
The JRL said that people of Kashmir are offering immense sacrifices on all fronts and that the entire nation is committed to safeguard these sacrifices and remain steadfast towards the goal.
JRL called for a complete strike across Kashmir on May 1 (Tuesday) stating that 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.
The Leadership said that peace cannot prevail in South Asia as long as the Kashmir dispute remains unresolved. They said its time that New Delhi 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 and the Kashmir dispute will be resolved as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir. (KNB)