Srinagar, Jan 10: (GNS) The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for shutdown on Saturday (Jan 13) across Kashmir against Tuesday’s killings in south Kashmir, “ongoing genocide” of youth and “oppressive measures”.

“Kashmir has been turned into a killing field where the lives of men, women and children are not safe,” the JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued to GNS said, adding, “A comprehensive protest strike will be observed.”

The leaders said India has let loose its army, forces and police and given them a free hand to kill Kashmiri youth with impunity. “This genocide is going on unabated as killers in uniform enjoy immunity from prosecution provided by the rulers,” they said, adding that the sole purpose of this “genocide” is to suppress Kashmiris.

The JRL said the responsibility of these killings lies on the shoulders of those “pro-India” politicians, assembly members and “so-called” rulers who provide legal cover and immunity to the “killers”.

“Tolerating oppression with silence has never been the practice of living nations and as such Kashmiris can and will not accept this brutality silently and will keep resisting this aggression with valour and passion,” the leaders said.

Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik also criticised the international community for its “criminal silence” which they said is “highly disturbing”. They said the international community is doing so to safeguard the business and economic interests with India. “We want to tell them that their silence on the plight of humans for petty consideration of business and economy will only be termed as criminal. It is actually against the very ethics and ethos of humanity and human values,” the leaders said.

The JRL asked the world community to shun silence over the plight of Kashmiris and said it is their duty to protect and safeguard humanity everywhere.

“Indian rulers and their forces have choked every little space on peaceful political activities in Kashmir,” the leadership said and appealed people to complete shutdown on Saturday. (GNS)