JRL Calls For Shutdown Today, Tomorrow 

SRINAGAR — The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising both factions of Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq besides JKLF led by Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for two day shutdown against the NIA raids against the whole resistance leadership, widespread spree of arrests in nook and corner of Kashmir and continued threats to tinker with Article 35, the hearing of which takes place on Thursday at Supreme Court.

The JRL in a statement issued here said, “Kashmir has not, cannot and will never budge before this state-sponsored terror and watch all this mutely. Nation of Kashmir will observe complete and comprehensive shutdown against these colonial acts on 27 and 28 February 2019.”

While strongly condemning the “show of dictatorial crackdown” against the people of Jammu Kashmir, JRL said that sleuths of NIA accompanied by Kashmir Police and CRPF started raiding the residences of Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, incarcerated Shabir Ahmad Shah, incarcerated Masarat Aalam Bhat, Syed Naseem Geelani son of Syed Ali Geelani, Zaffar Akbar Butt and others.

The leadership said that a war has been unleashed against the people of Kashmir “to satisfy manipulated collective conscience” of Indian people who are being provoked through “biased” media channels and “raucous” debates by Indian leaders.

 “Barging into privacy of homes without a knock, vandalizing houses in the name of search and intimidating families can only be termed as worst form of hounding by NIA and police who have today descended to lowest of ethics and morality in Kashmir,” JRL said adding that “this act of revenge is aimed at providing a legal cover to spree of arrests and break the will, valor and courage of the people of Jammu Kashmir who are striving for a just and sacred cause”.

 “Prior to these NIA raids which are in fact act of bullying; whole Kashmir has been turned into a battlefield where old and young, political or non political are being raided, arrested, put into jails and suppressed by police, army and other occupational forces. Not only leaders and activists of political organizations are being bundled but leaders and Ulema belonging to religious, social and other walks of life are also being arrested and till date thousands have been put in jails in a bid to suppress the voices of Kashmiris.”

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