JRL calls for shutdown on Thursday
Srinagar: Expressing shock over the killing of a Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) leader and District President Islamabad, Mir Hafizullah, Joint Resistance Leaders (JRL) on Tuesday called for a complete shutdown on Thursday against his killing.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued here strongly condemned what they termed as ‘cowardly and barbaric action by the government agencies’
The trio also called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers on 23rd November.
“Rulers through their local supporters have always played beast like role of eliminating political activists, who raise their voice against this unholy and unjustified forced occupation,” JRL said, adding that Mir was a highly educated, sensible and visionary pro-freedom leader and his sincerity, dedication and sacrifices have earned him a distinguished place and status in the state political circles especially South Kashmir.
“In every mass uprising, particularly in 2016, he played a pivotal and central role for about five months to sustain that movement and gave a very tough time to the government forces and finally they trapped him in a deceitful manner,” the trio said.
JRL said that Mir Hafeez was behind the bars most of the time and was recently released after about two years.
“Authorities tried very hard to break his will and threatened him with dire consequences if he did not toe their line, when they failed to bow him down, they decided to eliminate him physically. For the last couple of months he received suspicious phone calls, and even was threatened and harassed, but this brave son of the soil ignored all these threats. But this morning, most cunningly and brutally the hidden forces succeeded in silencing him forever. They very brazenly pumped several bullets in his chest,” they said.
“JRL calls for a day-long complete shutdown against ‘barbarism and inhuman act’ on Thursday 22nd November, 2018 and peaceful protests after Friday prayers on 23rd November to show solidarity with the movement and the slain men,” the JRL said.
They also paid tributes to Mir and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and reiterated their stand of not bowing down to such gross human rights violation.
The trio have appealed to the international human rights organizations and champions of democracy to wake up from the deep slumber and open their eyes and mind to check these barbaric and extra-judicial killings.