The resistance leaders on Sunday hailed the people for abiding by its protest program, saying "conscious and honorable nations can't afford to forget the sacrifices of their loved ones."
"Market rush, dense transport and hustle and bustle should not be mistaken by our crude oppressor and their renegades that we have forgotten their brutality or our goal of freedom has gone out of our sight," joint resistance leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, who are spearheading the ongoing movement against civilian killings in Kashmir said in a statement here. Elaborating, they said: "Overwhelming admiration and commitment of the people is a clear message for the traitors that our resistance is not our hobby, but a willful and mindful passion for our basic right, right to self-determination and it will continue and intensify with each passing phase of our movement."
"The iron hand of authorities continue to punch us, their repressive measures are on its peak, hunt of populace continues unabated, our old and (physically) fragile senior citizens are ruthlessly tortured and revenged in these cold chilly days, negating their own rhetoric and parroting of the peace and tranquility," they said.
"Not only people but leaders continue to be caged and those in outside jails are repeatedly harassed by the communal jail staff to satisfy their 'collective conscience'.
"Seasonal croaks every now and then land in the valley to know the 'aspirations of the people' and share the 'pain and agony' but neither Delhi sarkar seems to be interested in healing our wounds, nor these faceless stooges holding the brutal portraits of their masters, bother about our miseries.
"Our incarcerated youth bear the brunt of 'battle of ideas', while elderly facing PSAs. This betrays the tall claims of 'defenders of human rights'.
"Those who joined hands with the mindset claiming the demonetization as the solution of Kashmir uprising fled to the winter capital to parrot and praise the Indian democracy leaving the Valleyites at the mercy of dark and chilly winter with our own resources snatched and forcing us to plead with a begging bowl (sic)," the resistance leaders said.
"Burning of schools is highly condemnable and we are deeply concerned about these destructive measures as those indulging in such activities are neither the well wishers of the movement nor the (part of) Kashmir society. We stand by our demand and resolve that such elements should be exposed and dealt with accordingly," they said.
The resistance leaders appealed the people that they should follow resistance program in letter and spirit "to convey in clear terms to the oppressors that we will continue to fight for our right, right to self-determination and our resistance will strengthen with each passing phase of our movement."