No Threat To Yatris, Tourists From Kashmiris: JRL

Says Indian Electronic Media Running Smear Campaign, Urges Visitors Not To Pay Heed

SRINAGAR — While underlining that Kashmiri people will continue to retain and nourish tradition of Amarnath Yatra as also the tradition of brotherhood communal amity, Joint Resistance Leadership on Friday said that there is no threat to the pilgrims from Kashmiris,

Calling the warm hospitality of the people of Kashmir a globally acknowledged fact, JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a joint statement issued here, said that Kashmiri people never compromised on their tradition of hospitality, even in the toughest and trying times, and always played a friendly host, whether to a tourist or an Amarnath pilgrim who came to Kashmir.

The leadership that the on behalf of the entire people of Kashmir, Yatris and tourists should feel ensured that there is no threat or danger to their lives from Kashmiris and that they can perform their religious rituals without any worry.

The JRL appealed to the pilgrims and tourists not to pay heed to the false propaganda stories being run by a few Delhi-based news channels and instead focus on their Kashmir sojourn without any fear and intimidation.

Ridiculing those Indian electronic media channels for running a smear campaign and propaganda about the threats to Amarnath Yatra and pilgrims, the leadership said that some electronic channels are hell bent to spread hate and falsehoods on Kashmir. The leadership said that there was no threat to Amarnath Yatris from Kashmiris “as reported by these mischievous media outlets from their cozy studios in New Delhi and these pilgrims are very much safe in the Valley. “

 The leadership said fake news, twisting of facts and projecting villainous pictures of Kashmiri’s has  been the modus operandi of  these news channels and people of Kashmir and tourists have understood their ulterior motives and nobody is paying heed to their false reporting any more

The Leadership said that they want people of India to come to Kashmir and stay here and to see for themselves, the ultimate form of repression being unleashed by the lakhs of government forces, who are muzzling the genuine rights of people under military might and how youth are pushed to the wall due to the iron-fist policy of New Delhi. The leadership said tourists and Amarnath Pilgrims Kashmir by visiting the places of their choice can tell the actual ground reality to rest of the people across India and also expose these sections of Indian media who have adopted a jingoistic approach vis-a-vis Kashmir just to get their TRPs high.

The Leadership said that some brains have always been working behind the scenes and framing policies to keep the people of India away from Kashmir, to be able to promote false propaganda about people and give justification for the “reign of terror unleashed by forces.”

“Backed by the same interest groups, these news channels are yet again trying to create a wrong impression about the security of pilgrims.”

 The JRL said that even during the toughest times which included peoples’ agitation of 2008, 2010 and also in 2016, nobody touched pilgrims and the annual pilgrimage went on without any disturbance and the fact remains when a tourist bus met an accident in south Kashmir in 2016, it was the local Kashmiris who rescued the injured and accompanied them to the various hospitals.

“The people of Kashmir were on one hand being blinded by lethal pellets, killed by live bullets, and maimed and thrashed while as resistance leadership was caged and lodged in solitary confinements in 2016, but the annual pilgrimage went on smoothly and remained a peaceful affair.”

 People continued with their hospitality and played hosts without letting the pilgrims and tourists feel the pain and agony they were subjected to by the thousands of forces personnel, who had gone berserk in every corner of Kashmir, the JRL said.



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