Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a press note issued after a meeting of the leadership held on Tuesday said that choking of political space and pushing people to the wall is the main reason behind Kashmiri youth opting for the armed path.
Quoting JRL leaders the spokesman said “aggressive” policies and ban on political dissent are pushing Kashmiris to the wall and hence promoting worst kind of “violence”. He said the Present political situation and all its aspects came into deliberation during the meeting.
Deliberating upon the depressing political situation emerging after recent Pulwama attack and statements from prime minister, home minister and today by military commander along with J&K police officers, JRL leaders said that if it was possible to defeat a peoples’ movement by force and other measures then no country including India would have tasted freedom and sovereignty.
Referring to a press conference by army core-commander along with senior police officers in which he has asked mothers and fathers to stop their children or otherwise be ready to shoulder their dead bodies, JRL said that persuading young boys to refrain from treading some path is not in the hands of fathers, mothers or even political leaders however this ball also lies in the court of political and military leaders who have chosen to choke every little space on political dissent in Kashmir.