India has no right to celebrate its Republic Day in IOK: JRL

Srinagar, January 24, 2018 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership has said that India has no right to celebrate its Republican day as they have occupied Jammu and Kashmir with its military might and its presence has tormented all ethics.

The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement in Srinagar today appealed to Kashmiri people to observe 26th January as a Black Day and boycott all celebrations. The leaders asserted that India claims to be a large democracy in the world but virtually stands exposed in Jammu and Kashmir and as it is trampling all basic and fundamental rights since the past seven decades.

Following is the text of the statement: Referring to human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir, the JRL said that abuses range from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech and added that six lakh people were killed, ten thousand disappeared in forces custody and hundreds of women molested. We have no animosity with India or its people and they have every right to celebrate republican day within its states but despite their being rhetoric about democracy they have no ethical or constitutional right to celebrate this in Jammu and Kashmir as our democratic rights have been smashed and trampled.

The joint leadership while referring to UN charter said that they guarantee the basic and fundamental rights and this institution has obviously called to seek the people’s verdict through plebiscite and has asked to ascertain their wish with regards to political destiny of state and even India in its pledge has confirmed to honour and seek the people’s verdict through plebiscite. Despite being signatory to these resolutions, India backtracked from its commitment, said JRL and is not providing this opportunity to people of state.

We oppose all these celebrations, leadership said and added the main reason is their deceit and mockery with democracy. Pro-freedom leaders stressed, school going children, their parents and teachers to stay away from all these celebrations and asked to realize their obligations towards nation. Joint leadership expressed their anguish over the reports of preparation by a few institutions for republican day and asked to refrain from this and said that it will have serious implication over our freedom movement.

Meanwhile, the joint leadership has reaffirmed appeal for complete shutdown of 25th and 27th January in Handwara and Kupwara towns respectively to pay homage and tributes to the martyrs of 25 January 1990 Handwara and 27 January 1994 Kupwara massacres. They further appealed for a thorough and impartial probe of all these unfortunate incidents of mass killings by world human rights bodies.

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