SRINAGAR, Aug 11 (SABAH): The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the killing of a 16-year-old student, Muhammad Younis, by Indian troops in Tral area of Pulwama district.
Muhammad Younis was killed when the troops fired pellets and bullets on protesters in Gulab Bagh area of Tral on Wednesday.
The resistance leaders in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said that the Indian forces’ personnel were on a terror spree in south Kashmir every day. “Under the garb of cordon and search operations, youth are being brutally killed and a huge population placed under siege, people harassed, property damaged and even women and children terrorized,” they said.
The leaders said that it seemed Indian government and its forces had declared war against the people of south Kashmir as there was no end to brutalities inflicted on the people. They said that arrests, torture, raids and frequent siege were the usual means of atrocities in the villages across south Kashmir.
The resistance leaders urged Imams of all mosques across occupied Kashmir to raise their voice against the unabated atrocities being committed by Indian forces in south Kashmir during Friday sermons and to condemn the forces’ brutalities in unison to express solidarity with the people of south Kashmir.
The leaders also urged the people of occupied Kashmir to make the strike call given for Saturday (August 12) a success stating that the call is against the assault on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and continued killing of Kashmiris at the hands of Indian forces.
They termed the arrest and shifting of Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar and Farooq Ahmed Dar to Delhi’s Tihar Jail and keeping others including Muhammad Altaf Shah, Merajuddin Kalwal and Peer Saifullah under NIA custody as sheer political vendetta to defame the resistance leadership by framing the leaders under false charges and to demoralize the people of occupied Kashmir.
The resistance leaders also condemned the summoning of Naseem Geelani, Nayeem Geelani, Fahim Ali and many members of Kashmir’s traders fraternity by the NIA. They said that the ploys adopted by the Indian government using NIA to build pressure on the resistance leaders of Kashmir wouldn’t subdue the resolve of the pro-freedom people who were committed to the ongoing movement for securing the right to self-determination.
They also paid rich tributes to prominent martyred Hurriyat leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz, on his 9th martyrdom anniversary, stating that he always remained committed to the freedom movement and even sacrificed his life for the Kashmir cause. They said that the best way to pay tributes to Sheikh Aziz would be that the Kashmiris remained steadfast towards the mission for which leaders like him and thousands of other martyrs laid down their lives.