Srinagar, February 04 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) in its sharp reaction to the threatening speech of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to the territory has termed it as a reflection of extreme arrogance of power and electoral opportunism.

The JRL comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said instead of addressing the globally acknowledged Kashmir dispute lingering for the past 71 years and working towards its resolution in a democratic manner which India claims to be a champion of, the Indian PM has stooped to threats and warnings on the back of huge military apparatus spread across the territory. It said the exemplary strike observed by the Kashmiris on Indian PM’s visit should serve as eye-opener for the Indian rulers.

The leaders said India has illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir against the will of Kashmiri people by blocking the holding of the UN-backed referendum. They added that New Delhi was ruling the territory by sheer military might resulting in extreme repression and human rights abuses. They said the young and educated youth killed each day by this vast web of Indian military might with vengeance were not some hardcore members of terrorist cartels but people driven by passion for freedom and resistance to oppression. They said that these youth were, paying the price of the non-resolution of the human and political dispute being dealt militarily by New Delhi.

The JRL said that the people of the territory were bearing the brunt of being under arbitrary and forcible control, suffering all forms of torture and harassment. It said despite bearing all this, the Kashmiri people were unrelenting and unwavering in their pursuit of their right to self-determination. It said history is witness to the fact that no nation can be enslaved for a long period by banking on military. The leaders said that the slogans of humanity and democracy raised by the Indian PM were nothing but a farce to befool the world community as the reality was that oppression had touched new heights in Kashmir.

Reacting to the handing over of the territory’s power resources to New Delhi, the JRL demanded return of all the power projects to Kashmir. Rejecting separate colonies and transit camps for the Kashmiri Pandits, the leaders said that they had always been urging them to return to their homes in a dignified manner.


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