Resistance Leadership calls for protests after Friday prayers

Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership in Indian Occupied Kashmir has called for peaceful protests on Friday and alleged that NIA was being used as a war weapon against leadership. They also expressed concern over proposed extension of GST to the State, saying “it is being implemented in the state at the cost of business community to cripple Kashmir economy, Monitoring Desk.

According to the statement Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik condemned ransacking of properties during night raids in Shopian and called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers on June 16 and demanded immediate release of all political prisoners.

Lashing out at state authorities for not releasing political activists, the leaders said detention period of those arrested in 2016 during people uprising is prolonged on one pretext or the other. “Instead of facilitating their release in this holy month of Ramadan, the prisoners are lodged in far-flung areas of Jammu. Even after being bailed out by court, they are not being released and instead PSA is slapped on them.”

They called for immediate release of all the prisoners ahead of Eid.

They said curbs on peaceful activities of leadership and people were root cause of uncertainty in the state. “Due to these curbs, situation is turning from bad to worse.”

Denouncing authorities for uncalled night raids in Turk Wangam and Wheil in Shopian, the leaders said that Indian forces have turned state into a battle field and waging war on civilians.

“All the state sponsored tactics and coercive measures won’t deter us from pursuing our mission nor these coercions, suppressive and aggressive measures will make us to surrender,” added the three leaders.

Expressing deep concern over proposed implementation of GST that has sparked off a major controversy in the state, they said “ it is a well thought-out plan to cripple our trade and economy,” adding that authorities are hell-bent to harm business community.

“Few state ministers are in league with authorities in Nagpur (RSS headquarters) and are being lured to implement GST in the state,” the resistance leadership said.

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