JRL ends shutdown, condemns death of a tourist

Srinagar, May 8: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has asked people to resume their work from tomorrow May 9, 2018. It also appealed people from all walks of life including employees, lawyers, teachers, traders and transporters to continue their protest and resentment against unabated killings by government forces by wearing black badges on arms and fixing black flags atop houses, shops and vehicles.

JRL in a statement, also urged the Imams of all the mosques, shrines and Imam Baras to offer funeral prayers in absentia for the martyrs of Shopian and Srinagar after congregational Friday prayers on May 11 and to read and pass a JRL resolution.

JRL also strongly condemned and expressed grief over the sad incident at Narbal in which a young tourist from Tamil Nadu was hit with a stone who later died in hospital and a local lady was injured.

“Such incidents go against the grain of our humanity, religion and culture. Elements who do so defame the sacred people’s movement by such inhuman actions,” the leadership said adding that people of Kashmir have always welcomed tourists as our guests even in the most trying of times and this practice will never change.

JRL urged the youth to maintain discipline while protesting.

While terming the present prevailing situation in Kashmir as extremely worrisome and painful for every citizen, the JRL said, “Kashmir has been turned into graveyard where each day we have to shoulder the coffins of our dear ones brutally killed by government forces.”

“Our streets, villages and roads have been turned red with the blood of our youth by the trigger-happy forces who kill anyone be it armed youth protestors or even those inside their homes. Those that do not die of the forces brutality are either blinded maimed or grievously injured for life,” the leaders said.

In a joint statement, JRL mourned the death of a 17-year-old Safeel Ahmed, resident of Nagabal, Shopian injured in forces’ firing on Sunday. Safeel succumbed at SMHS today. JRL paid glowing tributes to all those killed by forces in Shopian and said “their sacrifices are etched in our collective consciousness even as we mourn their deaths”.

The leadership applauded the courage and bravery of people of Kashmir for “remaining steadfast and resolute in this toughest hour of repression”.

“The unabated killing of civilians is a critical concern for the nation and we had met last week to deliberate upon it and were going to take the public on board regarding the deliberations but the authorities did not allow us to do so as we were again detained. Once the leadership gets to meet, the future course of action regarding the issue will be shared and inputs taken,” JRL said. (GNS)

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