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Kulgam killing: Resistance leaders call for shutdown on Saturday

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Day after a civilian was killed in Indian army firing in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district, the joint resistance leadership on Wednesday called for a complete shutdown across Kashmir on January 13 (Saturday) against  the ongoing genocide of Kashmiri youth.

22-year-old Khalid Ahmad Dar of Ghat Khudwani village was killed following protests over killing of a militant—also a resident of Khudwani—in Kokernag, Islamabad on Tuesday.
Kashmir has been turned into a killing field where the lives of men, women and children are not safe, the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said in a statement.

“The horrendous torment unleashed by the army, police and forces in Khudwani during which pellets, bullets and shells were showered on people, injuring hundreds and killing one innocent, can only be termed as state-sponsored terrorism,” the leaders said.

“Indian imperialism has let loose its army, forces and the police and given them a free-hand to kill Kashmiri youth with impunity. Acting on the orders of its masters, these forces are handing over the corpses of our loved ones to us on a daily basis,” the leaders said, adding that “this genocide by Indian forces is going on unabated as killers-in-uniform enjoy immunity from prosecution provided by the rulers.”

Referring to Khudwani mayhem, the JRL said, “These trigger-happy killers-in-uniform unleashed a reign of terror on people, who were mourning the death of their loved one Farhan Ahmad Wani. Pellets, bullets, tear-smoke shells and ‘lathis’ were showered on these people, injuring hundreds and brutally killing another youth Khalid Ahmad Dar.”

The sole purpose of this “genocide” is to suppress Kashmiri nation by military might, the leaders said, adding that these brutal killings have “crossed every limit and have now become intolerable for Kashmiris.”

The JRL slammed silence of the international community to the genocide of Kashmiris.

“The international community is maintaining this criminal silence to safeguard its business and economic interests with India, but their silence on the plight of humans for petty consideration of business and economy will only be termed as criminal and it is actually against the very ethics and ethos of humanity and human values,” the JRL said, urging that Kashmiris will observe a complete shutdown on Saturday against the brutal killing at Khudwani, “ongoing genocide” of Kashmiri youth and “other oppressive acts and register their protest against inhumanity.”  The JRL appealed to the people to shut their offices, business establishments, transport and other activities for the day and raise their voice against “growing state terrorism.”