Strongly condemning continuous detention and house-arrest of pro-freedom leaders and 'ban' on July 13 programme, Kashmir's resistance leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday extended the call for shutdown over civilian killings till Friday.
In a joint statement, the senior leaders urged people on both sides of Kashmir (including AJK) to observe complete shutdown on 14th and 15th July, and urged Imams and religious preachers to repeat the demand for right to self-determination in mosques after congregational Friday prayers.
The three leaders, who have been lately giving joint statements, condemned the 'ban' on their July 13 programme and slammed detention of the resistance leadership. They had decided to march towards Martyrs' Graveyard, but were disallowed by the government.
The leaders welcomed the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's statement on Kashmir and said "it is a good sign, but the world body should come forward and take solid steps to resolve the Kashmir issue."
"To stop oppression against human lives, the UN should play its role," they said in the joint statement, terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting in New Delhi on the Kashmir situation as "traditional and meaningless."
"Kashmir is neither an issue of law and order nor an economic problem. It is an old political and human problem that needs to be addressed according to the aspirations of people and ground realities in Kashmir," the resistance leaders said, adding: "India has been demonstrating its rigidity in Kashmir for the past 69 years but it could not change the reality on Kashmir, neither could it change the minds of people."
They said Modi's decision to "send Indian Imams" to Kashmir is a "useless action."
"The imams and Moulvis are on payrolls of Indian government and are being used as stooges. There are no takers in Kashmir for such people," they said.
The leaders also termed Mehbooba Mufti's statements on the current situation as childish and foolish.
"What is happening in Kashmir is not happening for the first time. The oppression continues since India has occupied Kashmir and we are witnessing revolt against that occupation now," they said, advising Mehbooba "not to talk beyond her size and make a joke of herself."