The Joint Resistance Leadership Saturday denounced what it called the "policy of killing and repression adopted by Indian authorities" and asserted that the "ongoing bloodshed by government forces amounts to systematic genocide of Kashmiris".
In a statement, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik cautioned that the "attempt by authorities through use of brute force and coercion to bent people of Kashmir on their knees and force them to give up their genuine struggle which has been nurtured by sacrifices of lakhs of martyrs, will only further deteriorate the already-deteriorated situation on the ground". Paying rich tributes to AnsarGhazwat-ul-Hind militants Sauliha Muhammad Akhoon, Rasiq Mir, Rouf Mir, Umar Ramzan, NadeemMuafar and Faisal Javaid who were killed in a gunfight with forces in Tral on Saturday morning, the JRL said "it is extreme repression and suffocation that pushes young generation to the path of arms and lay down their precious lives".
"Day in and day out, youth are suspected and summoned to police stations where they are harassed and tortured. Every day, they become a target of killing by forces anywhere in the valley and there is no accountability. The killing of friends, relatives and neighbours (of armed youth) with impunity frustrates them further and all this adds to their anger, forcing many to take this path. Besides, no political space is provided by the state authorities for youth to express their sentiments and aspirations," the statement read.
The JRL alleged that "it is the dictatorship and arrogance of Indian government and its reluctance to engage in a peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute which is responsible for killing of Kashmiris, especially our youth. But the sacrifices rendered by our youth for their inalienable right of self determination are unforgettable".
The JRL said "on the basis of its huge military presence and structures, the government of India every day writes a new chapter of bloodshed in Kashmir and the way the people of Kashmir, especially the youth, are being made target of a systematic war exhibits the antipathy of the government of India towards the people of Kashmir". "Time and again we reiterate that Kashmir is a human issue which can't be resolved using military might but through political means based on the principals of justice and humanity. It is however regrettable that the leadership of India only talks through the barrel of gun," the statement read. The JRL urged the people to offer funeral prayers in-absentia in mosques, khanqahas and imam-baras on Sunday (23 December 2018) for the armed youth killed in Tral and "also pray for freedom of Kashmir".