JRL Calls For 3 Day Strike, March To Army Headquarters


SRINAGAR —  Joint Resistance Leaders comprising both factions of Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq respectively besides Mohammad Yasin Malik on Saturday called for strike till Tuesday against the killing of seven civilians in Pulwama by government forces and urged people to march en-masse to army’s Badamibagh headquarters here.

“As government of India is only interested in our territory and forcibly holds on to it while systematically eliminating the people, it is better that they finish us off at once and that is why leadership has asked GOI to do that as we march towards their army headquarters in Badami Bagh on Monday. Or else stop the killings and massacres and resolve the dispute and save human lives,” the JRL said in a statement issued here.

The JRL said South of Kashmir has been turned into a graveyard for its people especially the youth as “eleven of its residents were killed by the Indian armed forces who went on a rampage in Pulwama, as government of India executes its war on Kashmir.”

The JRL strongly condemned and protested the brutal killing of seven civilians— Shabaz Ali, Suhail Ahmed, Liaqat Ahmed, Murtaza Ahmed, Amir Ahmed , Adid Hussain and Tauseef Ahmed killed in “cold blood” as government forces fired live bullets at people with the intention to kill while three armed youth were slain. While scores of people are critical and more than three dozen are injured in the “hell let loose upon the people by the forces.”

JRL said that “state terror” and human rights abuse is worsening by the day especially under the garb of cordon and search operations. JRL said that the Indian army chief had already indicated to the increase in civilian killings with impunity in his recently shocking statements.

The JRL said that shouldering the coffins of youth each day was now unbearable as is the silence of international community at the massacre in Kashmir.

JRL said that there was not even a whimper of protest or concern at these brutal killings shown by any in India who claim it to be a land of Ahimsa and Gandhian ideals is also hugely disappointing. 

Leadership said that when it comes to Kashmir all these claims get exposed, all become deaf dumb and blind to it, fearing to take a stand on it as the shrill cacophony of jingoism and hyper nationalism takes sway.

“The propaganda machine of government of India its biased electronic media aids and abets this barbarity unleashed upon kashmiris by justifying  the killing of civilians branding them as over ground workers of armed youth!”

JRL said that the subjugated but resilient people of Kashmir are only asking for the fulfillment of their basic right which is denied to them by force leading to their killing and repression . But seventy years of peoples struggle will not be over by any military measure.

JRL said that to mourn the Pulwama killings and register their strong protest and condemnation against this cruelty and barbarity people will observe a three day shutdown from today.



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