Kashmiris want permanent halt to war thrust on them: JRL

Call Centre’s ceasfire announcement ‘operation halt’, ‘cruel joke’

Srinagar, Publish Date: May 17 2018 11:25PM | Updated Date: May 18 2018 12:36AM
Kashmiris want permanent halt to war thrust on them: JRLPhoto: Aman Farooq/GK

The Joint Resistance leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday termed government of India’s Ramadhan ceasefire announcement as “a cruel joke with the people” and said the people of Kashmir want a “permanent halt to war.”

The JRL’s statement came a day after the Centre asked its forces in Kashmir not to carry out anti-militancy operations during Ramadhan. 

The three leaders held a brief meeting at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence before commenting on the ceasefire issue. The trio called ceasefire as “operation halt”.

“Operation halt is as a cruel joke with the freedom loving people of Kashmir who are engaged in a legitimate movement for the right to self-determination. The people of Kashmir as a peace loving nation believe in permanent peace rather than a relaxation in killing for one month,” said a statement issued by the three leaders. 

“People want a permanent halt on war thrust upon them by Delhi.”

The leaders said that instead of hearing the clear message of the people of Kashmir, India is hell bent on silencing the genuine voice of the people with its military might.

“Delhi is suffering from arrogance of power. It out rightly rejects the UN resolutions, legitimate and peaceful formula of right to self-determination or even the science of dialogue as a means of conflict resolution,” the leaders said.

Terming the “operation halt” as a ploy to hoodwink the public opinion on both national and international level, the leaders advised Indian authorities to “shun arrogance and accept Kashmir as a dispute”.

“Declaring truce for a month and at the same time refusing to solve Kashmir dispute is mere hypocrisy. It is highly illogical and unfortunate to offer relaxations in killings for one month and then restart it with impunity,” the leaders said.

The leaders reiterated its appeal to the freedom loving people of Kashmir to make Lal Chowk chalo call for Saturday a grand success in order to send a clear message to the Indian authorities that the people of Kashmir would never compromise on the demand for their right to self-determination. 

“We also appeal people to shut all the business shops and offices on the occasion of Indian prime ministers proposed visit on May 19,” the leaders said.

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