“If Indian rulers and their stooges really believe in democracy they should shun their policies of coercion and allow resistance camp to hold peaceful rallies. JRL Public Jalsa on December 15 at Lal Chowk Islamabad is a litmus test for the claimants of democracy,” this was stated by Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a joint press statement on Wednesday.

Reiterating the call for a peaceful public Jalsa at Lal Chowk Islamabad on December 15, JRL leaders 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 try its best to hold peaceful Public Jalsa on the day at the venue already announced.

JRL leaders said that forcing silence of a graveyard by using military might and designating it as peace can only be termed as foolishness and if Indian 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 Jalsa.

Joint resistance leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq & Muhammad Yaseen Malik (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

JRL leaders said a fascist government in power, inspired by Joseph Gobbles’ malicious propaganda techniques or Harold Lasswell’s “magic bullet theory” by trying to paint the brutal pacification of Kashmir as peace and return of normalcy.

“If Indian rulers assume that oppression unleashed by their army and forces has crushed resistance in Kashmir, then they should find some courage to lift the ban on political activities of the resistance camp and allow such programs.”

Leaders said that any rational person would find talk of normalcy and peace in occupied territory as laughable especially when Kashmir is witnessing an increasing build up in oppression, particularly in southern districts of Kashmir valley and when surveillance state pervades every nook and corner of Kashmir, the discourse of normalcy and peace can only be promoted by the colonial forces and their proxies in Kashmir.

“Placing Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq under house arrest and putting Muhammad Yasin Malik along with many others in Srinagar Central jail is, in fact, a testimony that India and its abettors posses no courage to compete with Resistance leadership in political field. India and its stooges only know to suppress people’s voices under the pretext of so-called democracy and normalcy which is highly condemnable,” they said.

JRL leaders said that Public rally on December 15 being called to demonstrate before the whole world what people of Kashmir stand for. “This Jalsa 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 Indian forces and it will also be a show of solidarity with the people of south Kashmir where Indian army, forces, and police have let loose an ugly phase of horror.”

Leaders said that Indian leaders falsely presume to have defeated indigenous Kashmiri resistance by military oppression, NIA, and ED terrorism. “We challenge them to find some courage and allow peaceful activities of resistance camp in Kashmir so that the reality of their assumptions is established beyond doubt.”

Leaders said that suppressing a peoples struggle by oppressive measures is not possible and Indian leadership should also realize the fact that it can never suppress or defeat Kashmiri resistance by military means.



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