Kashmir's Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday called for peaceful protests across the Valley on Friday against the United States' decision declaring United Jihad Council chief Syed Salahuddin as a "global terrorist".
In a joint statement, the Leadership condemned the fresh wave of "arbitrary crackdowns on resistance leadership, their aides, activists and youth in general by the anti-Kashmiri authorities and agencies under the garb of maintaining peace."
"US is well aware that for the past 70 years, the people of J&K are engaged in a long and peaceful struggle for achieving their basic human and political right— the right to self-determination. This right is guaranteed by the United Nations, but ruthlessly resisted and suppressed by the Indian State through use of extreme force," the JRL statement read, adding: "Instead of taking cognizance of these facts, the US government has strangely designated the veteran freedom fighter leader Syed Salahuddin as a terrorist, who supports the people's right to self-determination and was forced to take up arms to fight forcible control and oppression."
The Leadership said it's an unjustified move by the US government to "appease the Government of India."
"The silence of the United States on human rights situation in Kashmir is not acceptable to the people of Kashmir who will strongly protest against it across the Valley post-Friday prayers," the JRL said. "Protests will also be held against the illegal and arbitrary arrests and detention of resistance leaders, activists and youth and raids being conducted across the Valley."
"The leadership continues to be under house arrest. Dozens of leaders and activists have been detained in jails or caged in their homes. Day and night raids are being conducted on their homes to harass them and their families," the JRL said.
They also expressed "deep regret" and dismay that the United States is siding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to that country.
"Prime Minister Modi should have talked about taking serious steps towards the resolution of Kashmir issue, provide relief to the oppressed people of Kashmir and for the restoration of lasting peace and stability in the highly volatile region but he chose to maintain a complete silence over it," the JRL said.
Meanwhile, according to the District Magistrate Srinagar, restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC will remain in force under jurisdictions of Police Stations Nowhatta, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal in district Srinagar on June 30 (Friday) as "a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident."