The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Wednesday said Indian “rulers and their stooges” should shun “policies of coercion” and allow resistance camp to hold peaceful rallies in Kashmir if they “really believe in democracy and freedom of speech.”
The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik also reiterated the call for a public rally at Anantnag town on December 15.
In a statement, the JRL said that its proposed ‘public jalsa’ at Lal Chowk, Anantnag is a “litmus test for the claimants of democracy.”
“Though New Delhi and its abettors in Jammu and Kashmir have put almost the entire leadership either in jails or under house arrest but despite these oppressive tactics and use of police and military might, the JRL will try its best to hold the peaceful ‘jalsa’ at the venue already announced,” the statement read.
“A fascist government in power, inspired by Joseph Gobble’s malicious propaganda techniques or Harold Lasswell’s ‘magic bullet theory’ is trying to paint the brutal pacification of Kashmir as peace and return of normalcy,” the statement said, adding that “if the Indian rulers assume that oppression unleashed by their army and forces has crushed the resistance in Kashmir, then they should find some courage to lift ban on political activities of the resistance camp and allow such programs.”
Any rational person would find the talk of normalcy and peace laughable especially when Kashmir is witnessing an increasing build up in oppression, particularly in its southern districts, the JRL said, adding that when the “surveillance state” pervades every nook and corner of Kashmir, the discourse of normalcy and peace can only be “promoted by the colonial forces and their proxies.”
Placing Geelani and Mirwaiz under house arrest and putting Malik along with many others in Srinagar central jail is “testimony of the fact that New Delhi and its abettors have no courage to compete with the resistance leadership in the political field”, the JRL statement read, adding: “New Delhi and its stooges only know to suppress people’s voices under the pretext of so-called democracy and normalcy which is highly condemnable.”