Separatist triumvirate Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Dr Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has called people to observe complete shutdown on August 15 and has appealed to the teachers, students and their parents to boycott all functions related to the event.
In a joint statement, they have also warned the government not to force teachers, students and their parents to participate in these functions.
“We are not against the freedom of any country and will provide them a chance to decide the future by allowing independent plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir, till then it doesn’t have any moral and constitutional right to organize the freedom celebrations on the soil of this state,” they said in a statement.
“India itself attained freedom from British rule on 15 August 1947 and became an independent country but only after 72 days of this freedom, this country snatched the freedom rights of the Kashmiri people and forcibly occupied this region by landing its troops on 27 October and since then this occupation continues,” they added.
They further said that “this country merely on the bases of its military might is riding on the shoulders of the Kashmiri people and have snatched the freedom of millions of the people of this region. They said that Kashmiri nation is continuously demanding from last 70 years that India should call back its forces from Kashmir and give us a chance to decide our future.”
Talking about Article 35 A, the trio said that “Kashmir is an internationally acknowledged dispute and Delhi can neither succeed in changing the status and nature of this state by its rigid and stubborn policy nor can be this region kept permanently under the forced control, they said and added that any tinkering or fiddling in article 35A won’t (state Subject law) be tolerated.”
Cautioning people against the nefarious designs of Delhi and its henchmen in state, they said that people in state won’t allow anyone to alter or interfere with the integrity and special status of the state and will safeguard it at all costs.
“Our demand for Right to Self Determination is purely a democratic demand and India has also promised to fulfil that demand on national as well as international levels but this country backtracked from its promises and is now busy in suppressing the genuine and just voices of the Kashmiri nation,” they added.
Paying tributes to slain youth in Awenera Shopian gunfight, the leadership said that they are laying their precious lives for sacred cause, extending their condolences with grieved families they said that haughty approach of Indian authorities is responsible for prevailing awful situations and continues bloodshed.