Resume normal activities from Wednesday: JRL to people

Urges youth to maintain discipline while protesting against atrocities

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik while terming the present prevailing situation in Kashmir as extremely worrisome and painful for every citizen stated that Kashmir has been turned into graveyard of Kashmiris where each day we have to shoulder the coffins of our dear ones brutally killed by Government forces.

JRL, all of who continue to remain caged at home or in jail said that our streets, villages and roads have been turned red with the blood of our youth by the trigger-happy forces who kill anyone be it armed youth protestors or even those inside their homes. Those that do not die of the forces brutality are either blinded maimed or grievously injured for life.

In a joint statement issued to KNS, JRL mourned the death of 17 year-old Safeel Ahmed, resident of Nagabal, Shopian injured in forces indiscriminate firing and bloodbath of Sunday succumbing at SMHS today. JRL paid glowing tributes to all those killed by the Indian forces in Shopian and said their sacrifices are etched in our collective consciousness even as we mourn their deaths .

The Leadership applauded the courage and bravery of people of Kashmir for remaining steadfast and resolute in this toughest hour of repression and said resistance to oppression has to be made a way of life both at individual and collective levels. It has to be inculcated in our daily lives so as to stay persistent on our stand for achieving our fundamental political right of self determination and to withstand the illegal forcible military control of New Delhi.

JRL asked people to resume their work from tomorrow May 9, 2018. It appealed people of all walks of life that include employees, lawyers, teaches, traders and transporters and others to continue their protest and resentment against unabated killings by government forces by wearing black badges on arms and fixing black flags atop houses, shops and vehicles.

JRL also urged the Imams of all the mosques, shrines and Imam Baras to offer funeral prayers in absentia for the martyrs of Shopian and Srinagar after congregational Friday prayers on May 11 and to read and pass a JRL resolution.

The leadership said that unabated killing of civilians is a critical concern for the nation and JRL had met last week to deliberate upon it and was going to take the public on board regarding the deliberations but the authorities did not allow them to do so as they were again detained. JRL said once the leadership gets to meet future course of action regarding the issue will be shared and inputs taken.

JRL also strongly condemned and expressed grief at the sad incident at Narbal in which a young tourist from Tamil Nadu was hit with a stone who later died in hospital and a local lady was injured. JRL said that such incidents go against the grain of our humanity religion and culture. Elements who do so defame the sacred people’s movement by such inhuman actions. The leadership said people of Kashmir have always welcomed tourists as our guests even in the most trying of times and this practice will never change.

JRL urged the youth to maintain discipline while protesting against the atrocities and killings of people by the government forces. (KNS)

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