Joint Hurriyat leadership, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has said that “the paranoia and panic” that has gripped the state on the first death anniversary of commander Burhan Wani “is an acknowledgment” that “even his memory that lives in each Kashmiris heart as a symbol of resistance and courage, is a threat to the mighty Indian state despite its huge military control.”
In a joint statement the leaders said that “curfews and restrictions across the valley , blanket ban and gags on communication channels and networks suspension of rail links closing of highways” and “all measures to prevent people from paying homage” to the Wani and his associates “completely exposes the fear of the oppressor.”
They also paid homage to the civilians killed during 2016 uprising.
The statement added: “People are being collectively punished by a mighty regime that has declared Kashmir a “war zone “where all human rights of its citizens cease to exist ,for daring to demand their fundamental political right .So people are being taught a lesson in subservience through use of brute force.”
While lashing at the government the statement added that, “those in power in New Delhi may in their arrogance consider themselves invincible but they need to remember that every pride hath a fall and truth and justice finally prevail.”
The leadership thanked people of Chinab Valley including Baderwah, Kishtwar and Banihal for observing a strike on Burhan’s anniversary.