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Choking of political space forcing youth to take up arms: JRL

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Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) today said that choking of political space is main reason behind Kashmiri youth opting for armed path.

In a statement issued today, JRL comprising of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that mothers, fathers and even political leadership have no role in youths’ opting for armed path but “this ball also lies in the court of Indian political and military leadership.”

“Aggressive policies of India and ban on political dissent are pushing Kashmiris to the wall and hence promoting worst kind of violence,” the statement said.

The statement was issued following a meeting of JRL.

Deliberating upon the depressing political situation emerging after recent Pulwama attack and subsequent hostile statements from Indian prime minister, Indian home minister and today by military core commander along with police officers, JRL leaders said that if it was possible to defeat a peoples movement by military oppression, then no country including India would have tasted freedom and sovereignty.

Referring to a press conference by army core-commander along with senior police officers in which he has asked mothers and fathers to stop their children or otherwise be ready to shoulder their dead bodies, JRL said that persuading young boys to refrain from treading some path is not in the hands of fathers, mothers or even political leaders.

On the issue of removing security of some resistance leaders, JRL said that it was a non issue as it was India and its abettors in Jammu Kashmir who deployed security to these leaders without any request and today have removed it also on their own.

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