In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has called for a complete shutdown and a peaceful sit-in protest outside the UN office in Srinagar, tomorrow (Friday), against the surge in killings by Indian forces in the territory.
According to media sources, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement in Srinagar said, “Kashmiris are being killed and branded as terrorists in the garb of fighting ‘Islamic terrorism’.” The leaders said that the killing of youth after calling them militants, over ground workers (OGWs) of militants, protesters, secessionists, and sympathizers of the movement was the systematic and planned execution of the Kashmiris to wipe them out with impunity.
The leaders said, to register protest and deep resentment against the systematic genocide and illegal detention of youth and the persecution of leadership, they will lead a peaceful sit-in protest outside the UN office at Sonawar in Srinagar after Friday prayers to be jointly offered at Astaana-e-Aaliya Sonawar, while a complete shutdown will be observed on that day. “The sit-in will urge the UN to ask India to stop the massacre of people in Kashmir and to remind the World Body to fulfill its commitments made to the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement said.
The leaders said that the cold-blooded murder of civilian Mohammad Abdullah of Bijbehara and a youth Rayees Ahmed Butt of Badasgam was testimony to the fact that Kashmiris were liable to be killed simply by virtue of being under the occupation of Indian forces not accountable for their actions. They said that the youth were being pushed to the wall and were forced to take to arms.
Gilani, Mirwaiz, and Malik said that those escaping death were put behind the bars for years under draconian law, Public Safety Act, and were repeatedly tormented by being asked to report to police stations. The youth from Pulwama, Shopian, Islamabad, Sopore, Srinagar and other areas are persecuted as they are repeatedly beaten, harassed and threatened by personnel of paramilitary forces and police, they said.
“Thousands languishing in various jails are paying the price for their political ideology. Leaders such as Aasiya Andrabi despite being unwell are subjected to state revenge. Villages are held hostage during Cordon and Search Operations by Indian forces. Our mosques are also not spared. The historic Jamia Masjid is targeted almost every Friday. The resistance leadership is now permanently caged and not even allowed to attend the funeral prayers of family members,” they said. They said that the absolute servitude of PDP for its lust to stay in power was making the people pay dearly as it compromises over concerns and interests of the Kashmiri people and facilitates the BJP-RSS agenda.