JRL calls for shutdown today, tomorrow

JRL calls shutdown on Monday against civilian, militant killings in south Kashmir

“The nation of Kashmir has not, cannot and will never bow before this state-sponsored terror and watch all this mutely. The nation of Kashmir will observe a complete and comprehensive shutdown against these colonial acts on Wednesday and Thursday,” the JRL said in a statement.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a shutdown on February 27 and 28 in protest against the National Investigation Agency raids, widespread arrests and the “attempts to tinker” with Article 35A.

“The nation of Kashmir has not, cannot and will never bow before this state-sponsored terror and watch all this mutely. The nation of Kashmir will observe a complete and comprehensive shutdown against these colonial acts on Wednesday and Thursday,” the JRL said in a statement.

Strongly condemning the “‘dictatorial crackdown by New Delhi” against the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the statement said: “Pertinently, the sleuths of NIA accompanied by Kashmir police and CRPF started raiding the residences of Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq, incarcerated Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, incarcerated Syed Shabir Ahmad Shah, incarcerated Masarat Aalam Bhat, Syed Naseem Geelani son of Syed Ali Geelani, Zaffar Akbar Bhat and others. NIA accompanied by local police officials even did not bother to push the door bells and straightaway barged into rooms of leaders and started vandalising their houses and intimidating their families. This act of clear vengeance in many cases continued from early morning till late in the day and ended after the complete devastation of the houses and families under siege”.

“Barging into privacy of homes without a knock, vandalising houses in the name of search and intimidating families can only be termed as worst form of hounding by NIA and the police who have today descended to lowest of ethics and morality in Kashmir,” the statement read.

It added: “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 forces. Not only leaders and activists of political organisations 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.”

“On the one hand, this bullying is going on without a break and on the other the threatening gestures of Indian leadership and their deceitful stances and debates on noisy Indian TV channels suggesting to do away with the hereditary state subject law under the garb of 35A which is scheduled to be heard in Supreme Court either on February 27 or February 28. In fact, the main purpose of all these anti-Kashmir operations is to secure votes in upcoming parliament elections and thus Kashmir is being put to flames for satisfying the lust of power by Indian rulers which is highly condemnable,” the statement said.

“A war has been unleashed against 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,” the JRL said.

Taking a dig at the “criminal silence” of the international community, especially the world powers, the JRL said: “World is watching the tiny nation Kashmir being crippled undemocratically by military and police might of India but is maintaining mum for safeguarding their economic, trade and strategic ties with India which is highly regrettable.”

The JRL said: “Kashmiris have been witnessing hardships, crackdowns and military oppression from the last seventy years and these atrocities will never succeed to defeat our passion for freedom and right to self-determination which is guaranteed to us by international covenants and agreements.”

Asking people of Kashmir to remain ready for “any eventuality”, the JRL statement read: “Our lives, families, existence, resistance and everything are in danger and we as a nation should remain vigilant and be ready to launch a passionate people’s revolution against this hegemonic attitude of India”.