‘Strike Public Endorsement of Our Stand’

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Srinagar—Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik Saturday said that any measure to undermine the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir or attempts to change the demographic character of the state will be resisted and opposed by the people of Kashmir at all costs.

In a joint statement the trio said, complete strike observed across the length and breadth of Kashmir and in Chenab Valley Kishtwar, Doda and other areas clearly bears this out.

JRL said for the last seven decades and particularly in the last three decades people of Kashmir and the leadership, with the full support of people in Chenab valley and across to Kargil are engaged in a political struggle based upon the principle of truth and justice to resolve the political conflict raging in the region since the partition of the subcontinent.

People have been greatly sacrificing and tirelessly striving for their just cause which the world acknowledges but GOI does not want to accept and hence there is an all out assault and suppression against the people of Kashmir by the GoI in collaboration with its local allies.

JRL said whether it is the daily killing of people, especially the youth, critically injuring those protesting oppression or arbitrary arrests of youth and slapping them with PSA or the targeting of leadership through NIA/ED or intimidating civil society members and writers, all means are being adopted to crush the people’s political movement.

And on the other hand there is an all out effort by the GoI towards assimilation of JK into the Indian union through eroding its special status and changing its demographic composition.

JRL said that people have to be very cautious and vigilant to these machinations adopted against them and their political movement and have to safeguard the sacrifices made by fellow Kashmiris for the just political and humanitarian cause.

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