JRL condemns civilian killings

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/5/2018 12:48:05 AM

SRINAGAR, Aug 4: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik strongly condemned the killing of yet another civilian Bilal Ahmed Khan in Gannopora Shopian and critical injuries to other protesters when forces fired upon them during an encounter in a Shopian village.
In a statement, JRL said while a complete strike will be observed on August 5 against the assault on article 35A, the strike will also be observed as a protest against the unabated killing of civilians and armed youth and maiming and injuries inflicted on youth in pellet and bullet firing upon them.
JRL paid tributes to the five armed youth killed in Shopian gunfight and said after zuhr prayers on August 5 funeral prayers in absentia will be held across Kashmir for the civilians and armed youth killed in the recent encounters across Kashmir.
The leadership asked the people to make the strike call for August 5 and 6 a success :so that a strong message goes to the international community of how New Delhi was crushing the legitimate struggle of people through its military and deceitful means.”
Paying tributes to nine armed youth killed in various encounters in the past two days in Shopian, Kupwara and Sopore and also the civilian Bilal Ahmed who fell to forces bullets at Shopian JRL said that “ our youth are making the greatest sacrifice of their life for the sacred peoples movement of self determination.
“They are being forced to take to this path as government of India refuses to give up its policy of repression and acknowledge that people of Kashmir will not yield to submission.” JRL said that the killing of youth is extremely sad and painful for the whole nation and puts the onus on each “one of us to safeguard these sacrifices and strive all the more for our just political right.”
Strongly denouncing the firing live ammunition on civilian protestors around encounter sites, JRL sad showering bullets and pellets on Kashmiris protesting any kind of repression has become the standard state response and encounters sites are no exception.



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