Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has appealed people to observe a complete shutdown on Sunday, February 3, on the visit of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
The JRL in a statement issued to GNS said that five years of Narendra Modi’s rule are marred with “tyranny and oppression” in Kashmir.
“During these years, the blood of innocent Kashmiris was spilled ruthlessly, the eyesight of young and old snatched by pellets, our residential houses blasted and set on fire violently, thousands of our young and old put into jails and thus lives of Kashmiris turned to hell,” JRL said.
The leaders said that a person “who in his pursuit to crush Kashmiri resistance ordered killings and damaging properties, hurting Kashmiri economy and other oppressive measures deserves only a protest from those he has oppressed”.
“Modi as prime minister of India ordered killings and maiming of Kashmiris, destruction of properties, damaging of Kashmiri economy, incarcerations of thousands of Kashmiris and other iron fist oppressive policies. Arrival of such a person who ordered all this cannot be an occasion of joy for us as it only deserves our strong protest and resentment,” the JRL said adding that when Narendra Modi assumed the office of prime minister in 2014, he “on priority basis adopted and implemented a vicious iron fist policy to crush Kashmiris”.
“His government came out with policies like the construction of Israeli type settlements for Kashmiri Pandits, separate colonies for ex-Indian army personnel and providing a permanent residence to West Pakistan refugees living in Jammu Kashmir. When people of Kashmir resisted these anti-Kashmiri moves in an exemplary manner, Modi government started a spree of killings, maiming, destruction of residential houses, snatching eyesight of young and old by pellets, implementing tax regimes like GST to further damage Kashmiri economy and business, stopping foreign aid at the time of floods in 2014 to harm Kashmiris, stopping tourists from coming to Kashmir in a pursuit to damage tourism sector, using Indian agencies like NIA and ED to put people in Indian jails, putting thousands of innocent Kashmiris in jails under black law PSA and shifting many of them to Indian jails and other kinds of oppressive acts which are still going on unabated,” the leaders said.
JRL added, “Using chemical, petrol, explosives to destroy or burn down residential houses has been and is being filmed and broadcasted in a boastful manner by forces. South, north and central Kashmir are witnessing crackdowns and CASOs during which young and old, men and women are tortured, humiliated and at times showered with pellets snatching eyesight of as young as 16-month-old Hibba Jan and as old as 80-year-old men.”
JRL said that during his last visit, Modi was appealed by Kashmiri tourist operators to appeal tourists to come to Kashmir but instead he asked Kashmiris to opt between tourism and terrorism and thus gave a clear message to tourists to not come to Kashmir.
“This time Modi is coming to Jammu Kashmir with a proposal of handing over 850-MV Rattle power project to national hydroelectric power cooperation (NHPC). This is a systematic plan to continue loot of our resources and completely undermine our economy and make us beggars before New Delhi for using our own resource,” the leaders said.
“Our resources are being utilized to light up Indian states as we the people of Kashmir despite paying heavy bills are being deprived of electricity in the extreme cold season and furthermore threatened to privatize electricity by installing pre-paid meters and so on,” they said.
The leadership said that people of Jammu Kashmir will never allow this “loot under the garb of NHPC” anymore and will resist it forcefully.
“How can we celebrate Modi Jee’s arrival to Kashmir as it is his regime that turned the lives of Muslims in Jammu into a hell, forcing many of them to migrate from their homeland? How can we forget that how he and his cohorts tried to communalize the rape and brutal murder of a young Muslim girl Asfia at Kathua, Jammu? How can we overlook the efforts of Modi and his regime that are hell-bent to change the demography of Jammu Kashmir under the garb of 35 A. and other acts like these?”
“A person who ordered and is defending oppression against Kashmiris cannot bring any joy to us and Kashmiris can only protest and express resentment on his arrival,” JRL said.
The leaders appealed Kashmiri people to observe a complete shutdown on Modi’s arrival, halt all their activities, transport and business on the day and give a message to the whole world that “Kashmiris despite all tyranny and oppression by Indian state will not stop their peaceful struggle for right to self-determination, rather will continue this struggle at every cost.”