The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik Tuesday called for two-day shutdown beginning tomorrow in view of hearing in Supreme Court on petitions challenging validity of Article 35A, which grants special privileges to residents of Jammu and Kashmir.
“People of Jammu and Kashmir will forcefully resist every challenge by New Delhi to change the demography of the State by rolling back hereditary state subject laws of 1927, being contested in the Supreme Court of India,” read a joint statement issued by the three leaders.
They said the late announcement and ambiguity over the dates of hearing of 35A and 370 by Supreme Court on February 13 or 14 is worrisome, and indicates of mischief.
“People and leadership are fully aware of the developments and are cautiously observing them and these tactics cannot deceive them or take us for a ride. It is an extremely critical issue of the very existence of our disputed status. We warn the authorities that if anything adverse to the interests of the people of J&K and its disputed status is announced through the courts, a mass peoples’ agitation will be started instantly across the state and responsibility of the consequences will be entirely on those forcing us to react,” the leaders said.
They said people of Kashmir are facing tremendous repression tyranny and hardships. “However, it should be clear by now to Government of India that they cannot break our back and make us cow down before their might. Kashmiris have proved their mettle and resilience to India and the world over the last three decades by standing firm on their principled demand against a mighty military power.”
“To protest and resist this viscous move, a complete strike will be observed on February 13 and 14. If any adverse order is announced, leadership will announce a mass agitation thereon,” they further said.
The leaders said they understand that frequent shutdowns add to the hardship already experienced by people. “However, it is imperative to register our strong protest in the wake of such threatening measures by the Indian government”.