Resolve Kashmir, peace will prevail: Geelani to India

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Srinagar—Terming that J&K government’s appeal on restoration of normalcy as “childish and illogical”, Kashmir’s resistance leadership on Tuesday expressed deep anguish over the civilian killings by forces in the past three days and extended the shutdown call for more two days.
In a joint statement, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani, Chairman of Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Muhammad Yasin Malik extended the shutdown call for Tuesday and Wednesday.
They said July 13 would be observed as the “Reaffirmation Day” when Geelani, Mirwaiz and Yasin Malik would march from Hyderpora Jamia Masjid and Maisuma towards Mazar-e-Shuhda at Naqshband Sahab, respectively.
They have asked people to raise and repeat the slogan of right to self-determination. “We warn the government to stop killing of innocent and unarmed people of Kashmir during peaceful protests; otherwise the situation would take a serious turn and New Delhi along with the State would be held responsible for that,” the leaders said.
“The Indian forces altogether including J&K police and their actions are responsible for the current situation. The situation arising in the hospitals of Kashmir is scary and the Indian forces are targeting the youth by firing bullets in the heads and chests,” they said. “The government should advice their masters in New Delhi to end the genocide and not to resort to the targeted killings of innocent youth.”
They said Kashmir is not a “war mongering nation but peace loving nation.” “However, the key to open the doors of peace is with India. If they concede the disputed status of Kashmir and resolve it as per the wishes of Kashmir, normalcy will prevail not only Kashmir but entire South Asia will enter into the era of peace, stability and progress,” the leaders said.
Calling for observance of July 13 as ‘Reaffirmation Day’, they asked people to assemble in Mazar-e-Shuhda Naqashband Sahab (RA) where rich tributes would be paid to the martyrs from 1931 to 2016.—GK

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