Hurriyat Leader’s Killing: JRL Calls For Shutdown On Nov 22

Srinagar

Shocked on hearing the news of killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader and District president Islamabad, Mir Hafizullah early this morning, Joint Resistance Leaders (JRL), Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Dr Mohammad Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has expressed grief and strongly condemned this “cowardly and barbaric action” by the government “agencies” and called for a complete shutdown on Thursday 22nd November 2018 and peaceful protests after Friday prayers on 23rd November.

Funeral prayers of TeH leader, who was shot dead at his residence in Budroo Achabal area of Islamabad on November 20, 2018. KL image by Shah Hilal

In a statement issued for press, leaders said that rulers through their local “collaborators” have always played beastic role of eliminating political activists, who raise their voice against the violence.

They said Mir Hafizullah 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.

They said in every mass uprising. Particularly in 2016 he played a pivotal and central role for about 5 months to sustain that movement and gave a very tough time to the government forces and finally they “trapped” him in a “deceitful” manner.

JRL has announced a day long complete shutdown against this barbarism and inhuman act on Thursday November 22, 2018 and peaceful protests after Friday prayers on 23rd November to show the solidarity with the movement and martyrs, who laid their lives to end this age old slavery.

Joint Resistance Leaders (JRL) Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umedr Farooq and Yasin Malik at Hyderpora

Resistance leaders paid rich and glorious tributes to Mir Hafizullah and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and reiterated their stand not to bow down to such gross human rights violation and 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.

Reacting to the killing, incarcerated JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik expresses his deep sorrow over the brutal killing of senior resistance leader.

Malik in a separate statement said that inhuman Killing of senior resistance leader in broad day light is most atrocious and naked act of “repression”. “Through Mir’s killing today we have lost a prudent voice, courageous and steadfast human being and a humble personality,” Malik said.

On the directions of JKLF incarcerated Chairman a high level JKLF delegation comprising of vice chairman Advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt, Zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Ghulam Muhammad Dar and district president Muhammad Ishaaq Ganie reached Akingam Achabal Islamabad and participated in the funeral prayers and burial of the slain leader.

In this regard, Hurriyat (M) Conference has strongly condemned the killing of resistance leader and district president for Islamabad by unidentified gunmen.

In a statement Hurriyat spokesman said that the slain leader had in advance brought to fore through media , repeated threats and intimidations given to him on phone and suspicious movement  of unknown people around his house soon after his release from prison after two years last month .

The spokesman said that in past also many resistance leaders were killed by the anti movement elements. But their aim at intimidating leadership or to force them to give up on their principles and ideology failed and will never succeed.

The spokesman also condemned the arrest of JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik and termed his arrest as highly undemocratic and arbitrary and against principles of humanity.

The spokesman paid tributes to four militants killed in Nadigam area of Shopian that include Inamul Haq, Abid Nazir, Mehrajduin and Basharat Ahmed and sated that their sacrifices will not go in vain.

The spokesman strongly denounced the use of bullets and pellets on protesters at Nadigam, Shopian where more than 20 youth including three young girls sustained grave bullet injuries. The spokesman termed the use of force as barbaric stating that enjoy full impunity they feel proud while using live bullets and pellets on unarmed protesters and urged the world community to rise to the occasion and take strong note of the ever rising graph of human rights violations in Kashmir.

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