Accusing the Centre of forcing "demographic change" and "settler colonies" in Kashmir in "violation of all international laws" and UN resolutions, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairperson Syed Ali Geelani has urged Jammu and Kashmir's people to "resist at this critical juncture".
In a statement issued on Friday, the hardline separatist leader, who advocates Kashmir's merger with Pakistan, said people should organise peaceful protests and demonstrations in their areas of residence.
"While doing so, we must remain absolutely disciplined and not give the enemy, who is armed and ready to kill, any excuse whatsoever to hurt our lives and property," he said.
Geelani, 89, said: "Each and every person must face the naked Indian brutality with courage. We all can, and must, act according to our abilities; through action or word... It is very important that our demonstrations remain absolutely peaceful so that more and more people are able to join.
"If the Indian armed forces still attack our gatherings, the entire responsibility for the possible loss of lives and property will be on them, and the world will remain witness to their deeds."
Referring to the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre's August 5 order abrogating Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which gave special status to the erstwhile state, Geelani said he hoped his message would reach the people via the international media.
Noting the recent events in the Jammu and Kashmir -- now a Union Territory after Parliament split it into two -- Geelani said the move showed in clear light the real "deceitful and brutal" nature of the Central government.
"They are a firm and brazen display of India's intention in forcing a demographic change and the creation of settler colonies in Kashmir in violation of all international laws and the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir. The rulers from Delhi are drunk on power and arrogance of majoritarianism and they have snatched away all percepts of humanity, ethics and democracy," he said.