Kashmir's resistance camp on Thursday lashed out at what it called "the anti-people government" for "refusing" to relax curfew and restrictions even after 13 consecutive days of curbs in the Valley districts, calling it "deplorable and condemnable."
In a joint statement, senior resistance leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said "it (curfew) is the anti-people regime's vendetta and punishment against people for supporting the resistance movement and its leadership."
"The ruling regime (PDP-BJP government) needs to understand and be absolutely clear that the more they repress and suppress people, the more will people resist and revolt. People of Kashmir are resolute on their demand for freedom and justice and when nations rise for justice and against oppression, no power on earth or military might can deter them as is being shown by the courageous and steadfast people of Jammu and Kashmir who are braving the worst kind of state aggression in modern times," they said in the joint statement.
The joint leadership also condemned the "highhandedness of the anti-people regime", saying "it has touched the new heights on Thursday when police force asked the local volunteers working to provide food and medicine to the injured and their attendants to stop their activities immediately or face consequences."
"Such actions are highly deplorable and are an indicator to people to be ready as the assault on them will get more and more aggressive and anti-human," the three leaders said.
They appreciated people for coming to the rescue of bullet and pellet-hit victims, their attendants and the needy by exhibiting an Islamic and humanitarian spirit and providing medical aid and other essential items to them. The resistance leadership appealed to the affluent class in particular and people in general to collect rice and other essential food items at their respective Masjids/ Mohalla Committees and distribute accordingly among the poor and needy in their respective areas. Appreciating people to maintain consistency and resolve in "these sensitive and difficult times", the leadership urged them to "remain steadfast and successfully implement all the programmes given by the unified leadership until July 25th."