The ‘Joint Resistance Leadership’ of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik has called for a public rally at the TRC Grounds in Srinagar on October 14 for the “survival of resistance movement” and against what it termed India’s designs to alter the “history, identity and culture” of Jammu and Kashmir.
“ As India tries new tactics to prolong its military occupation of Jammu and Kashmir and erase our Muslim-majority character, the state stands at a crucial juncture of its resistance history,” a statement quoted the leaders as saying.
“Highlighting the importance of the TRC rally, the leaders said the resistance movement is at its most critical juncture where for the movement’s survival we have to hold an unparalleled public demonstration to send a peaceful message to the international community for the fulfillment of our genuine demands including right to self-determination,”the statement said.
Asking people to participate in huge numbers, the leaders said the rally had also “become necessary to protest India’s use of braid- chopping of our women as a war weapon and to protest the provocative statements of fascist RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and BJP’s Nirmal Singh regarding complete integration of Jammu and Kashmir with India.”
Referring to the “character assassination campaign launched by NIA sleuths against resistance leadership, traders, lawyers, intellectuals including student community,” the leaders said that “New Delhi is all set to abolish state subject law incorporated in Article 370. ”
They appealed people to “illustrate strength by participating in the protest demonstration as it is time to expose coalition partners PDP and BJP for carrying brutal killings, loot, plunder, unabated arrests and urged people from Kupwara, Kernah, Uri, Poonch, Rajori, Kashtwar, Bhaderwah, Doda, Jammu, Banihal, Islamabad, Shopian, Baramulla, Bandipora, Ladakh, Kargil and other parts of state to resent the nefarious designs and deceit played by Delhi authorities and demonstrate commitment with right to self-determination movement.”
The leaders also asked youth to offer their services as volunteers and maintain discipline during the march towards Srinagar.