Observe Aug 15 as black day: JRL

Srinagar, Aug 11: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for a complete shutdown on August 15 and urged people to observe the day as “black day” to protest New Delhi’s “open aggression” in Kashmir.

In a statement issued to GNS, the leadership said, “While on one hand, India will celebrate its Independence Day on August 15, the military might and oppression will be again on a display in Kashmir where genuine rights of people are being trampled. Killing innocent people, maiming youth and vandalising properties doesn’t suit a nation celebrating its independence.”

“On August 15, the resistance leadership will be either caged or placed in various jails in a bid to crush the dissent and entire valley will be turned into a military fortress for the day and people’s right to live too will be snatched which will be the worst form of state terrorism,” the leadership said.

The JRL said the present leaders at New Delhi have completely forgotten that none other than their former prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had promised at the historic Lal Chowk of Srinagar that the people of Kashmir will be provided with the right to self-determination.

“The present dispensation at Delhi is neck deep in the lust of power and military might that it only knows the policy of repression to be followed in Kashmir under which Kashmiris are butchered like animals and the all the principles of humanity thrown to the wind,” the leaders said.

The JRL said that issuing diktats and” forcibly” asking students and government employees to attend the August 15 function is ample proof that Delhi and its local supporters have failed in Kashmir “despite unleashing ultimate repression”.


“Delhi has failed to break the resolve of freedom loving people of Kashmir which is a bitter truth as being witnessed from the dictatorial orders of administration to ensure the presence of a handful of people at venues for August 15 functions across the valley. Delhi won’t succeed in its nefarious designs and can’t keep the world community in dark for long as it should read the writing on the wall that one day it has to bow before the will of people of Kashmir who are rock solid towards their mission of right to self-determination,” the leadership said.

“It is high time for Delhi to take concrete steps to resolve the vexed issue of Kashmir for the larger interest of the people of the subcontinent,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said. (GNS)