Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday appealed people to observe a complete shutdown on Sunday 3rd February 2019, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in Jammu and Kashmir.
JRL in a statement issued said that last five years of Modi rule has brought only miseries and agony to the people of Jammu Kashmir as in his pursuit to crush genuine Kashmiri demand of right to self-determination.
“Modi as Prime Minster ordered killings and maiming of Kashmiris, destruction of properties, damaging of Kashmiri economy, incarcerations of thousands of Kashmiris and other iron fist oppressive policies,” JRL said.
They said arrival of such a person who ordered all this cannot be “an occasion of joy for us as it only deserves our strong protest and resentment.”
“When Modi assumed the office of prime minister in 2014, he on priority basis adopted and implemented a vicious iron fist policy to crush Kashmiris. His government came out with policies like construction of Israeli type settlements for Kashmiri pundits, separate colonies for ex-Indian army personal and providing a permanent resident-ship to West Pakistan refugees living in Jammu Kashmir,” they said.
JRL said that when people of Kashmir resisted these anti-Kashmiri moves in an exemplary manner, Modi government started a spree of killings, maiming, destruction of residential houses, snatching eyesight of young and old by pellets, implementing tax regimes like GST to further damage Kashmiri economy and business, stopping foreign aid at the time of floods in 2014 to harm Kashmiris, stopping tourists from coming to Kashmir in a pursuit to damage tourism sector, using agencies like NIA and ED to put people in Indian jails, putting thousands of innocent Kashmiris in jails under black law PSA and shifting many of them to jails and other kinds of ‘oppressive acts’, which are still going on unabated.
“From last five years, hundreds of Kashmiri innocents including women have been killed brutally and world saw Indian soldiers desecrating, burning down and mutilating human corpses and even dancing on these like wildly,” they said.
JRL said “using chemical, petrol, explosives to destroy or burnt down residential houses has been and is being filmed and broadcasted in a boastful manner, south, north, central Kashmir is witnessing crackdowns and CASO’S during which young and old, men and women are tortured, humiliated and at times showered with pellets snatching eye sights of as young as 16 month old Hibba Jan and as old as 80 year old men.”
“It is Modi rule that left no stone unturned to damage Kashmiri economy by implementing tax regimes like GST, stopping tourists from coming to Kashmir and also looting our resources like water and forests,” they added.
JRL said that during his last visit, Modi was appealed by Kashmiri tourist operators to appeal tourists to come to Kashmir but instead he asked Kashmiris to opt between tourism and terrorism and thus gave a clear message to tourists to not come to Kashmir.
“This time Modi is coming to Jammu Kashmir with a proposal of handing over 850-MV Ratle power project to national hydroelectric power cooperation (NHPC). This is a systematic plan to continue loot of our resources and completely undermine our economy and make us beggars before New Delhi for using our own resources,” they said.
“Our resources are being utilized to light up Indian states as we the people of Kashmir despite paying heavy bills are being deprived of electricity in extreme cold season and further more threatened to privatize electricity by installing pre-paid meters and so on,” JRL said.
The trio said that people of Jammu Kashmir will never allow this loot under the garb of NHPC anymore and will resist it forcefully. “How can we the people of Jammu Kashmir celebrate Modi Jee arrival to Kashmir as it is his regime that turned the lives of Muslims in Jammu into a hell, forcing many of them to migrate from their home land. How can we forget that how he and his cohorts tried to communalize the rape and brutal murder of a young Muslim girl Asfia at Kothua Jammu? How can we overlook the efforts of Modi and his regime that are hell bent to change demography of Jammu Kashmir under the garb of 35 A and other acts like these,” JRL asked.
JRL appealed Kashmiris to observe a complete shutdown on Sunday, at Modi’s arrival in Jammu Kashmir, halt all their activities, transport, business on the day and give a message to the whole world that “Kashmiris despite all tyranny and oppression by Indian state will not stop their peaceful struggle for right to self-determination and rather will continue this struggle at every cost.”