JRL to protest PM’s visit to Kashmir
Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Tuesday called for a protest march to Lal Chowk on Saturday against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to the the state.
Prime Minister will address the sixth convocation ceremony of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology in Jammu this week.
The separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, appealed the people to march towards Lal Chowk on 19 May to register their peaceful protest against the Prime Minister’s visit to the state, a spokesman of the amalgam said.
The decision to call for a protest march was taken at a meeting of the separatist leaders at the residence of Geelani today, the spokesman said.
The JRL while blaming forces for turning whole state into a battle field, said that innocent people are detained on frivolous charges and are detained in different jails while as youth are being pushed to the wall.
“Such undemocratic and inhuman situation can’t be tolerated for long,” the JRL said.
“The resistance leadership is denied the political space and genuine voices are strangulated and those detained are subjected to torture and inhuman behavior,” the statement said.
JRL said that though Indian state and its abettors in Jammu Kashmir have put almost all the leadership either in jails or under house arrest, but despite these oppressive tactics and use of police and military might, JRL will stage a peaceful protest on May 19.
They said that forcing silence of a graveyard by using military might and designating it as peace can only be termed as foolishness and if rulers and their abettors really believe in democracy and freedom of speech, they should stop their oppressive tactics and allow JRL to hold this peaceful protest.
JRL leaders said that Lal Chowk Chalo has been called to demonstrate before the whole world what people of Kashmir stand for.
“If the rulers assume that oppression unleashed by their army and forces has crushed resistance in Kashmir, then they should find some courage to lift ban on political activities of the resistance camp and allow such programs,” JRL said in a statement.
Lalchowk Chalo will highlight the miseries and hardships faced by the people of Kashmir at the hands of oppressive forces, it will also highlight the reign of terror unleashed by forces and it will also be a show of solidarity with the people of south Kashmir where army, forces and police have let loose an ugly phase of horror, the statement added.
The leadership decided to form a six member committee so that a mechanisms for public participation in getting ideas and inputs and in decision making and implementation will be created, the statement said.
“All segments of public including writers’ intellectuals, traders, chambers of commerce, transporters teachers lawyers, doctors’ students activists will be made a part of the broad based mechanism. The leadership will put forth its views and ideas that have been deliberated upon and during discussions with them will take their inputs,” the statement said.
“A consensus on the course and implementation will be jointly taken and the public will be informed. The public has to prepare itself to follow the programs in letter and spirit. The situation is grave, the road is long and tough. But our courage and determination has to be unwavering. Together with unity and steadfastness victory will be ours,” said the statement.