JRL expresses grief over slain Pulwama militants


The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday have expressed deep sorrow and anger over the killing of two militants and a civilian during an encounter in Drabgam village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The spokesman said that under the garb of encounter with the armed youth the state forces which include army, police and CRPF have unleashed a reign of terror. Shielded by “Draconian laws” they are selectively targeting and killing Kashmir’s young generation knowing full well that they will not be held accountable. By indiscriminately firing bullets, pellets and tear gas shells at peaceful protestors in Drabgam they killed budding flowers and left dozens seriously injured.

In a joint statement issued here, the JRL paid glowing tributes to the two militants Sameer and Aqib, and a civilian Shahid. the Leadership said that by choking all means of peaceful expression Kashmir’s young generation is being pushed to the wall. The heavily armed state machinery by using immense lethal force against our vulnerable youth is adding fuel to the fire and making the situation more fragile.

The JRL said that people of Kashmir are offering immense sacrifices on all fronts and that the entire nation is committed to safeguard these sacrifices and remain steadfast towards the goal.

JRL called for a complete strike across Kashmir on May 1 (Tuesday) stating that the open aggression against the people of South Kashmir is reflective of the fact that people have been left at the mercy of forces as a result youth are killed at the will and wish of the forces.

The Leadership said that peace cannot prevail in South Asia as long as the Kashmir dispute remains unresolved. They said its time that New Delhi shuns its obduracy and acknowledge the ground reality in Kashmir. Sooner or later the people of Kashmir will have to be given a chance to exercise their political will and the Kashmir dispute will be resolved as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) led by Mr Haji Muhammad Yasin Khan has condemned the killing of a student Shahid and injuring dozens of innocent people at Drabgam Pulwama terming it another alleged murder by the forces.

Khan, who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) said in the garb of AFSPA, the Army and other armed forces have been unleashing terror on innocent Kashmiris and that human rights violations have reached the proportions of war crimes.

Khan appealed the international community to actively contribute towards the solution of Kashmir issue so that sustainable peace is restored in the subcontinent.


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