Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday called for a general strike on June 2 against civilian killings and “other brutalities perpetrated by the government forces”.
“We appeal to the freedom loving people of Kashmir to observe a general strike to register strong and peaceful protest against civilian killings, desecration of religious places, unnecessary and unjustified deployment of heavy contingents of forces in and around Grand Mosque and desecration of martyrs’ graveyards,” the statement said.
They also urged people to protest against felling of trees in orchards at Sugam in Shopian, killing of a civilian Bilal Ahmad Ganie and torture of prisoners in various jails including Tihar. The trio further said that bulldozing residential houses, destroying orchards belonging to family members of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Zeenat-ul-Islam and desecrating the graveyards of martyrs like Sameer Tiger are “forms of naked state terrorism”. “The freedom loving people of Kashmir should rise to the occasion to safeguard their countless and precious sacrifices,” the JRL statement said.
The leaders accused the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti of acting as spectator to the ‘atrocities’ being inflicted on the people, reminding her of the time when she used to shed ‘crocodile’ tears on the funeral of slain youth.
Terming her past political postures as a ‘farce’, the JRL said “the so-called chief minister of the state” exploited the grave and grim situation created by the SOG under the patronage of her predecessors.
“Today police force has been turned into SOG and a reign of terror has been unleashed in every nook and corner of the state,” the statement said. “Civilians are being butchered, apple orchards destroyed, valuables looted and honour and dignity of a common man has become vulnerable while the graph of the human rights violations has crossed its limits.”
The leaders said the government forces are suffering from moral bankruptcy and as of now they have desecrated the graveyards and scriptures. “The international norms do not permit such vile actions even with worst enemies,” the JRL said. “Taking a revenge from the family members of the warriors and desecrating their bodies is against all human, moral, religious and spiritual ethics.”
The JRL appealed to the UN Secretary General and UN member countries to appoint a delegation, to take stock of the ‘volatile’ situation in Jammu and Kashmir regarding ‘gross violations’ of human rights allegedly at the hands of state forces.