Srinagar, Jan 22: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has asked people to register their strong protest against Government of India’s policy of non-resolution of Kashmir dispute and subsequent “severe repression” unleashed upon people, by observing January 26 as a ‘black day’.
JRL in a statement issued to GNS said that for the past 71 years, the people of J&K are demanding the right to self-determination that Indian leadership promised to them not only in the United Nations or the Indian Parliament, but reiterated at Lal Chowk in Srinagar by none other than Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawharlal Nehru.
“However, till this day not only has that commitment remained fulfilled but those that remind them of it, are rewarded with bullets and pellets are incarcerated and gagged,” the leaders said.
JRL said: “A nation that prides itself on being a representative democracy chosen by the free will of its people, a republic, is executing tyranny and suppression to forcibly exert its will over the people of Kashmir. Lakhs of armed forces are deployed to suppress the aspirations of people and draconian laws like AFSPA and PSA are invoked to ensure people’s sentiments do not get out of hand. Hundreds of people are lodged and languishing in jails in JK and outside whose only crime is their demand for restoration of basic human and political rights the fundamental right to decide their destiny.”
“Every voice raised for it is muzzled through military might. Our youth are targeted and killed whether armed to resist forcible control or unarmed. Our homes are blown-up by explosives, our orchards and crops destroyed. Even our toddlers are not spared the bullets and pellets. All means of protest are barred and curbed for us,” the leaders said in the statement.
Meanwhile, the leadership while paying tributes to six militants killed in Hapatnar and Shopian said: “Each day we are shouldering the coffins of our loved ones as a consequence of the simmering dispute. Our grief and pain has no effect on those who while they celebrate their own struggle for independence.”
JRL also strongly condemned the police raid in Kotbalwal jail “where Kashmiri inmates were thrashed without any justification”.
The leadership termed the act as inhuman and against the jail manual. It also denounced lodging of Kashmiri prisoners with dreaded criminals saying this is against the jail rules and can result in a great risk to life of Kashmiri prisoners.
JRL has urged the world rights bodies including ICRC, Amnesty International to take strong note of this “inhuman measure and ill treatment” meted out to Kashmiri prisoners lodged in various prison in and outside the State.