Appeals for funeral prayers in absentia for slain armed youth

JRL condemns GoI’s ‘policy of killing and repression’

Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, (who is currently under detention) has appealed people to offer funeral prayers in absentia in mosques, Khankhas and Imambaras on Sunday for the militants killed in Tral area of Awantipora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Saturday.

JRL in a statement issued to GNS denounced the “policy of killing and repression” adopted by Indian authorities and said, “The ongoing bloodshed at the hands of government forces amounts to systematic genocide of Kashmiris.”

The leadership cautioned that attempt by authorities through use of “brute force” and coercion to force the people of Kashmir to give up their genuine struggle will only further deteriorate the already deteriorated situation on ground.

Paying rich tributes to slain armed youth Soliha Muhammad Akhoon, Rasiq Mir, Rouf Mir, Umar Ramzan, Nadeem Muzafar and Faisal Javaid, the leadership said that it is the extreme repression and suffocation which pushes young generation to the path of taking up arms and lay down their precious lives.

“Day in and day out, youth are summoned to police stations where they are harassed and tortured. Every day, youth become the target of killing by forces anywhere in the valley and there is no accountability. The killing of their friends, relatives, neighbours with impunity frustrates them further and all this adds up to their anger forcing many to take this path. Besides, no political space is provided by the state for youth to express their sentiments and aspirations,” JRL said.

“It is the dictatorship and arrogance of Indian government and its reluctance to engage in a peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute which is responsible for killing of the Kashmiris especially our youth. However, the sacrifices rendered by our young for their inalienable right of self determination are unforgettable,” the leadership added.

“Time and again, we reiterate that Kashmir is a human issue which can’t be resolved using military might but through political means based on the principals of justice and humanity. It is, however, regrettable that the leadership of India only talks through the barrel of gun,” JRL said.

SOURCE: GNS

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