Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chief Yasin Malik on Friday called for a complete shutdown on 26 January.
In a statement issued here today, Malik said that “the republic day of a nation that has snatched the freedom of a poor nation, can never be a day of joy for the oppressed people.”
“India has subjected people of Jammu Kashmir to worst kind of oppression and torture from many decades. This is a glaring example of its unwillingness to honor freedom and human rights of people. People of Kashmir will observe a complete shutdown on 26th January,” said Malik in the statement.
He said that India celebrates its republic day on 26th January every year and calls itself the biggest democracy of the world.
“… but this is the nation that has snatched the democratic right of Kashmiris by its military might and is continuously denying Kashmiris this right.”
Malik said that it was India and its leaders like Jawahar Lal Nehru who pledged before international community that India will give Kashmiris the right of self-determination.
“… but now today Kashmiris when ask for fulfillment of the same pledges are being killed and brutalized by the same India that too in the name of democracy and peace.”
“Not only this”, Malik said, “but India has subjected people of Jammu Kashmir to worst kind of oppression and torture for demanding freedom”.
“Yasin sahib said that the republic day of a nation that has by military might snatched the freedom of a poor nation and has denied us our basic democratic right can never be the day of joy for the oppressed people of Kashmir and because of this we Kashmiris are compelled to observe this day as a black day,” the statement added.
“All kinds of transport, business centers and other activities will come to stand still and Kashmiris through their peaceful protest will convey message to the whole world that people of Jammu Kashmir despite all oppression are rendering sacrifices for freedom,” said Malik.