Islamabad: Kashmir’s joint resistance leadership Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik called for a complete shutdown across the valley on Monday and Tuesday against killing of civilians by forces in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Sunday, and condemned the killings in Beerwah, Pakharpora and Budgam areas, terming these as a planned genocide.
Paying the heartfelt tributes to martyrs and called for shutdown calls on Sunday and Monday said that Indian forces are involved in bloodshed and more forces are being reinforced to stage election drama in the state.
“We hail people for their exemplary commitment with the freedom movement. Complete boycott and shutdown vindicates that they out-rightly reject puppets, unjustified and forcible control of Kashmir. We reject the deceitful politics of state rulers and won’t allow these henchmen to bargain against sacred blood of martyrs,” they said.
They said Freedom movement is in its crucial stage after people’s uprising in 2016 and a new trend has set a new spirit in the masses , particularly youth, who are enough mature to differentiate between well-wishers and those favoring Indian authorities. Now it is quite encouraging that people in J&K are conveying a message that India continues its forcible control through its military might only. Their every deceit and game failed and they have lost the battle,” they said.
“We also reject fraud and concocted reports about poll percentage. All these reports are even against mathematical standard and logic. We reject false reports about percentages of votes divulged by state media. After fair calculation of total electorate in parliamentary segment, the outcome is even less than two percent, thus deficient of any credibility,” they said.
Appealing to international community to take cognizance of the situation in Kashmir, the leaders said “their continuous silence and turning eyes from these grave violations is rather disheartening. Their tall claims about these violations prove useless, as no workable steps are being taken to check these violations.”
The resistance leaders salute and acknowledged the resilience and steadfastness of the brave people, especially our youth, towards their resolve to achieve their basic political goal. Their supreme sacrifices of life deeply grieves us but also strengthens our commitment towards our mission,” the statement read.
As entire Kashmir is turned into a big jail manned by Indian forces and police, people and leadership are detained, caged, gagged and harassed and no space and scope is left by our oppressors to reach out, protest and mourn the murder of our teenagers and children. The only way for us to express our collective grief at their death and share the sorrow with the bereaved family is to observe shutdown and register our solidarity with the martyrs and the cause for which they were killed,” the leaders said, urging Kashmiris to observe a shutdown on Monday and Tuesday.