Attacks Will Push Kashmiris To Wall, Says JRL

SRINAGAR — “Attacks on Kashmiri businessmen, students, tourists and people from other walks of life in various states of India is distressing and apparently instigated by the ruling regime of India,” said the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday.

The videos and photographs of Kashmiris being beaten, humiliated, looted, vandalized and oppressed in various Indian states will only push more Kashmiri youth to the wall and path of rebellion, the JRL, according to a statement issued here, while condemning the unrelenting attacks on Kashmiris in various Indian cities said.

Terming these attacks as distressing and horrible, JRL said that attacks on Kashmiri students including females in different colleges, universities and institutions across India, business men, tourists and people from other walks of life including government employees is in every respect a “dangerous trend” that is promoting hatred between humans.

From last one week, Kashmiri students, businessmen, tourists are being beaten ruthlessly by unruly mobs, shops and business centers are being looted, vandalized and they are humiliated in broad day light with police in many cases watching as “mute spectators”, the leaders said adding that this widespread, “organized unilateral violence” against Kashmiris is “apparently instigated by the ruling regime in India” as no one till date has been penalized or arrested for these hateful attacks.

 “When announcements of vengeance come from as high as prime minister’s office, home minster and other political class, when a sitting governor of Meghalaya Tathagata Roy is tweeting publicly to boycott Kashmiris and he is not even asked to restraint and when TV channels dying for their TRP are let free to spread hatred and venom, how can these ugly attacks be termed as mere acts of resentment and anger,” JRL said.

 “In 1984, after the assassination of former Indian prime minster Indira Gandhi, Sikhs all over India especially in Delhi were in same manner attacked systematically and a campaign of hatred was launched to defame them,” JRL said, adding, “Now Kashmiris are being targeted all over India, careers of students is being played with; businessmen are being vandalized and looted at will which is highly condemnable.”

JRL said that “first mobs were let free to harass, beat and humiliate them and afterwards these students are being booked under concocted charges, suspended from studies and hence left in jeopardy”.

 “On one hand, rulers are not letting anyone to establish private colleges, varsities and institutions in Kashmir and on other hand we are witnessing the ruination of their careers in Indian states which is most unacceptable,” the leaders said. 

JRL said that ruling and political class in India should realize the fact that videos, news and images of Kashmiris being beaten, vandalized, looted and humiliated in India, will only promote hatred between humans and push more youth from Kashmir to the armed path and hence promote violence.

 “When you ruin career of young scholars and students by beating, humiliating and vandalizing them and instead of penalizing any attacker, reprimand and punish those attacked by suspending them from colleges and varsities, what alternative way are you leaving for these scholars but to tread the path of rebellion,” JRL asked.

The leadership said that Kashmiris throughout history have always safeguarded religious harmony and protected all outsiders living or working here and we will Insha Allah stand firm and provide safety, relief and other assistance to every outsider present on our land in future too and uphold our tradition in ensuring the safety of every human being. 

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