‘Lalchowk Chalo will highlight miseries, hardships faced by Kashmiris’: JRL


Srinagar, The Joint Resistance leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday called Lalchowk Chalo on Saturday, May 19, against the proposed visit of Prime Minister Narinder Modi.

In an extraordinary meeting the leaders strongly condemned the atrocities committed against people throughout the Kashmir,” the JRL said and added that proposed visit of premier is aimed at to hoodwink the opinion of the international community.

Blaming government forces for turning the whole state into a “battlefield”, the leadership said that innocent people are detained on frivolous charges and are detained in different jails while as youth are being pushed to the wall, adding, such undemocratic and inhuman situation can’t be tolerated for long.

The resistance leadership is denied the political space and genuine voices strangulated and added that those detained are subjected to inhuman behaviour, the statement said.

JRL said that they will stage a peaceful protest on May 19. They said that forcing silence of a graveyard, as peace can only be termed as foolishness and if rulers believe in democracy and freedom of speech, they should stop their tactics and allow JRL to hold this peaceful protest.

JRL leaders said that Lal Chowk Chalo has been called to demonstrate before the whole world what people of Kashmir stand for. “If rulers assume that violence has crushed resistance in Kashmir, then they should find some courage to lift the ban on political activities of the resistance camp and allow such programs,” JRL said in a statement.

Lalchowk Chalo will highlight the miseries and hardships faced by the people of Kashmir at the hands of forces, it will also be a show of solidarity with the people of south Kashmir where forces and police have let loose an ugly phase of horror.

The leadership decided to form a six-member committee so that a mechanism for public participation in getting ideas and inputs and in decision making and implementation will be created, the statement said. All segments of public including writers’ intellectuals, traders, chambers of commerce, transporters teachers lawyers, doctors’ student’s activists will be made a part of the broad-based mechanism. The leadership will put forth its views and ideas that have been deliberated upon and during discussions with them will take their inputs.A consensus on the course and implementation will be jointly taken and the public informed. The public has to prepare itself to follow the programs in letter and spirit. The situation is grave, the road is long and tough. But our courage and determination unwavering.