JRL calls for shutdown against civilian killings


Srinagar, Dec 19: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malikon Tuesday called for complete shutdown on Wednesday to protest against the killing of three civilians in firing by government forces.
In a statement, the JRL said that the Kashmir has been turned into a killing field where the lives of men, women and even children are not safe.
“The brutal killings of Misra Bano and Asif Iqbal of Kupwara, Ruby (beauty) Jan of Shopian and Zahid Ahmad who was killed in Rajasthan India, clearly show that Indian army, forces and police are here only to kill Kashmiris and mainstream politicians are deployed to provide legal shield to these killers,” they said, adding that Kashmiris cannot and will never remain silent on this genocide and will observe a total shutdown on Dec 20 to protest against this ‘growing Indian aggression’.
Terming the ongoing killings of innocent men and women by forces as agonizing, JRL said that spree of brutal killings has crossed every limit and has now become intolerable.
Leaders said that no Kashmiri is ready to tolerate this genocide silently and no stone will be left unturned to stop these brutalities. They said that some days back, a poor lady Misra Bano was targeted with bullets at Handwara and killers and their abettors’ tried to cover it up by putting blame on cross firing. “Only few days after this brutal killing these soldiers gunned down another innocent boy Asif Iqbal who was a lone bread earner for his family and same theory of cross firing was repeated. Today these men in uniform have taken the life of another innocent woman namely Beauty Jan wife of Manzoor Ahmad at Shopian and injured many more critically and the story may remain the same,” they said.
They said that similarly, another Kashmiri youth Zahid Ahmad was put to death at Rajasthan in mysterious conditions.
JRL leaders said that “be it army , its killer forces or abettors in the form of police and civil administration, each one of these is here to kill Kashmiris with impunity and at will and pro-India politicians remain deployed to provide them with a legal cover.”
They said that from 1947 till date Lakhs of people have been killed and maimed by Indian army, police and forces. “Though these killings have been triggered by forces but the responsibility lies on the shoulders of those mainstream politicians, assembly members and rulers who provide legal cover and immunity to the killers and thus contribute in this genocide,” added JRL leaders.
JRL leaders said that according to the law of nature every tyranny and tyrant has a fixed life and when tyranny exceeds its limits it is bound to perish, this is why Indian aggression and tyranny is also bound to die soon as it has also crossed every limit.
Leaders said that tolerating oppression with silence has never been the practice of living nations and as such Kashmiris can and will not accept this brutality silently and will keep resisting this aggression with valor and passion.
They said that Indian rulers and their forces have choked every little space on peaceful political activities and even space for every kind of protest has been banned and throttled.