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Valley-wide protests on Friday

Srinagar, Apr 12 (KNS): Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) led by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Thursday called for peaceful Kashmir-wide protests after Friday congregational prayers against killing of civilians, indiscriminate use of pellet and vandalising of properties and impressed all sections of society including Aema Masajid, teachers, lawyers, intellectuals, civil societies, traders, students, state employees for their participation against state sponsored terrorism.

Appealing international community for their cognizance of the “appalling state-sponsored terrorism”, the JRL in a statement issued to KNS impressed upon global hearers “the need to raise their voice and come to the rescue of subjugated people in Kashmir”.
Meanwhile, Geelani, Mirwaiz continued to be under house arrest and Mohd Yasin Malik was arrested and lodged in central jail.
“The growing Indian aggression against unarmed and peaceful people in the state has touched the alarm line and turned this beautiful place into a battlefield,” the statement by the joint resistance leadership said. “Under a well-thought-out plan, the Indian authorities, forces and their henchmen are carrying out genocide” they added.
“Kashmir has been turned into a killing field where the lives of men, women and even children are not safe” they said in a joint statement.
Lashing at New Delhi and local stooges for their fascist mindset, JRL said that they have let loose a reign of terror against unarmed civilians, saying forces are enjoying impunity under the garb of draconian laws.
JRL said that killing, torture, detentions and arbitrary measures won’t deter them from pursuing their mission nor will break their resolve.
“Indian authorities have declared war on civilians,” JRL said while strongly condemning the indiscriminate use of pellets against civilians. “Hundreds of youth are victims of a deadly weapon used nowhere else in the world. The fact remains unchanged, Kashmir is the only place in the world where these weapons are used against human beings” they added.
The JRL expressed their deep anguish over the continued silence of the international community and said that though several resolutions had been accepted in the United Nations to resolve this long-pending issue, no steps had, however, been initiated.
“To make an end to hostilities in the subcontinent, the international community should take concrete political steps to resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute,” the JRL urged.
The JRL ridiculed the authorities for “turning the entire state into a battlefield”, saying that killing innocents and caging people and the leadership simply “exposed the government’s tall claims about transparency, and their rhetoric regarding democracy was deflated”.
The JRL appealed the Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other international human rights organisations to break their silence and take cognizance of the “plight of the suppressed and oppressed people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and urged them to fulfil their obligations in accordance with human rights specified for the world community”.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik asked people to join and protest against the “highhandedness of the authorities and the atrocities perpetrated” and also asked Aiema Masajid and religious clerics to make people aware about the prevailing situations and to lead protest demonstrations throughout the state. (KNS)

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