Joint leadership calls for shutdown on Oct 27

Joint leadership calls for shutdown on Oct 27

“The people of Jammu and Kashmir were neither asked for their viewpoint about this forced control nor are their wishes and aspirations being respected even today.”

Joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have called for complete shutdown on October 27, terming it a “black day and day of mourning for Kashmiris.”

“Seventy-one years back on this day India without any constitutional and moral justification forcibly took control of Jammu and Kashmir and since then, Indian forces are mercilessly killing innocent and unarmed Kashmiris, vandalising their properties and indulging in other inhuman acts,” the leaders said. “October 27, 1947, is an unfortunate day for Kashmiris when we were deprived of our freedom and India landed its troops here.”

 “The people of Jammu and Kashmir were neither asked for their viewpoint about this forced control nor are their wishes and aspirations being respected even today.”

Terming the accession by Maharaja Hari Singh with India as “controversial, unreliable and undemocratic”, the leaders said: “Experts on historical events raise several important queries about its (accession’s) authenticity and occurrence. Moreover, late Maharaja had no such mandate from the people of the state.”

 “Hari Singh had no authority to decide the destiny of people of the state on his own and that too on the occasion when people stood against him and rebelled against his autocratic rule. He had no authority to sign accession as he while fleeing from Srinagar.”

“The Indian National Congress had at that time adopted a policy about princely states that the decision regarding the future of these states will not be taken by the Maharajas or Kings but it is the sole right of the people of the states and they will be asked about their political aspirations,” they added.

“Although the ruling elite and kings in Hyderabad and Junagarh wanted to merge their states with Pakistan, India forcibly landed its army, claiming that it is against the principles of partition and the wishes of the people. But the same rulers of India with regard to J&K adopted policies contrary to this and took control of the state against the wishes and aspirations of its people,” the leaders said.

“Since then the Indian forces are unleashing atrocities and cruelties upon Kashmiri nation to suppress the peaceful voices and till now more than six lakh people have been killed by these forces, 10,000 innocent people killed in custody and equal number subjected to enforced custodial disappearance. 7,000 unknown people are buried in unmarked graves and their identity is not being divulged. 7,500 women were molested or sexually assaulted. Rape has been used as a war weapon against women in Kashmir. The inhuman laws like Disturbed Area Act, AFSPA and Public Safety Act are in force and police and others forces enjoy free hand to perpetrate atrocities.”

“As people are observing 27th October as black day it will convey a message to global community that they are resisting and resenting the forced control and that they will continue it till the last solider leaves the state,” they added.

Al-Umar Mujahideen, a militant outfit, has also called for shutdown on Oct 27.

Al-Umar chief Mushtaq Zargar in a tele-statement to KNS said that the dialogue process is aimed to befool the people of Kashmir.