New Delhi is repeatedly devising means and methods to erode and undermine the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir by fiddling with the state subject laws in a bid to change the demographic composition of the state, the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said on Monday, and asserted that the “new controversy about (issuance of) permanent resident certificates (PRCs), as reported in media, is a part of it.”
The JRL statement comes amid reports that the governor’s administration was contemplating “changes” in the procedures and rules governing issuance of permanent resident certificates in Jammu and Kashmir. The Governor Satya Pal Malik, however, Sunday evening clarified that his administration was not making or even considering any changes in the state subject law or rules thereof.
In a statement, the JRL said that “as part of Doval doctrine borrowed from Israel, this policy of assaulting Kashmiris on all accounts—physical, economical and psychological—to put intense pressure on them and tire them out to give up their legitimate struggle is well-known by now.”
“But”, the resistance leadership said, “what New Delhi refuses to acknowledge is that it may have groups of collaborators in the form of regional pro-India parties who, for the lust of chair help the government of India in taking illegitimate roots here, but the people of Kashmir have, not for a year or two, but for the past three decades withstood severe repression with full resilience and strong resolve and not budged an inch from striving for their basic right”.
“And that is what they will continue to do, come what may,” the statement read.
The JRL said that “unfortunately these regional parties who could have represented Kashmiris’ interests in New Delhi instead always chose to dance to New Delhi’s tune when on chair, and once out of it, became public sympathisers again for the sake of chair, thus exploiting people either way”.
“JRL said people of J&K are politically far mature and know how to withhold every challenge thrown their way by New Delhi and defeat it by their collective might and determination,” the statement read.
Referring to a statement by home minister Rajnath Singh that J&K is an integral part of India, the JRL said “it is a fact that by way of its huge military might, New Delhi controls the territory of J&K and rules over it, but by virtue of people’s will, the government of India knows it does not. And that is precisely why it refuses to honour its commitment of giving the people of J&K the right to self-determination and resolving the internationally-accepted Kashmir dispute”.
“JRL said that no amount of repetition that Kashmir is an integral part story can undermine the historical and ground realities of the dispute,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the JRL condemned the continued detention of JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and expressed serious concern over his “deteriorating health in jail”, continued house arrest of Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who was again put under house arrest late last night.
“JRL said that repeated illegal detention of its leadership is deplorable and people protest it. JRL once again appeals to people from all strata and walks of life to observe the human rights week (from 9th December onwards) by strongly registering their protest and resentment against HR violations in every manner they can,” the statement read.