Resistance leadership in IOK calls for shutdown, protests on Friday

Islamabad: Joint resistance leadership in occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday has called for a complete shutdown and peaceful protests on Friday against the killing of a youth by forces in Shopian yesterday.

Terming launching of cordon-and-search operations (CASO) in Kashmir as a “menace aimed at killing youth,” the Valley’s joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday called for a complete shutdown and peaceful protests on Friday against the killing of a youth by forces in Shopian yesterday and urged people of south Kashmir to march towards the residence of the slain youth.

According to the statement, the leaders said: “The CASO launched by the forces against people of Kashmir in the holy month of Ramadan has resulted in killing of scores of young boys and injuring of hundreds. This reflects the level of hostility by the State towards the people of Kashmir, especially the youth and students who are being punished in every way for seeking their right to decide their destiny as guaranteed by the UNO, international community and the Indian leadership,” the resistance trio said.

They said: “As a result of infamous CASO, another cold-blooded murder of 19-year-old student from Shopian degree college Adil Ahmed Magray of Ganapora Shopian was committed by forces. The forces have not only been given a free hand to kill Kashmiris, but are even encouraged and awarded for their varying acts of valor in keeping Kashmiris subjugated.”

“Such inhumanity and brutishness of the State agencies has ceased to shock Kashmiris anymore. They expect no better of them,” the joint resistance leadership said. “The grief and pain experienced by the people of Kashmir and the leadership at the killing of our dear and budding young boys like Adil fail to find expression in words as they are mercilessly and with impunity killed by the State-backed agencies,” they added.

The leaders said what is worse is that “after committing such crimes, the shameless and soulless local quislings back them up by distorting facts and spreading lies through their agencies and blocking facts and information about the incident(s) from reaching people and the outside world by immediately banning internet services and putting other forms of gags in place.”

“To express people’s resentment and indignation against the brutal killing of young Adil by the forces and to express complete solidarity with the bereaved family, a complete strike will be observed on Friday (June 9) across the Valley and after Friday prayers peaceful protest will be held against the killing.”
The leaders said people from across south Kashmir would move towards Shopian to the residence of Adil to express solidarity with the bereaved family.

“Peaceful protests will also be held against the (national) electronic media propaganda war against the people of Kashmir and the prejudices and biases against Kashmiris being promoted by them. The recent NIA raids conducted on pro-freedom activists and traders to intimidate and defame leadership and the freedom movement and to damage the state economy will also denounced and protested by people,” the leadership said.

They also condemned use of force against students protesting the killing of their fellow student Adil in various parts of the valley especially in Islamic University of Science and Technology IUST, Awantipora, Government College Handwara, and Higher secondary Boys and Girls Pampore. “They cannot stop the youth from raising their voice against repression and for their political aspirations,” the leaders said

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