Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said that Handwara massacre is another tragic reminder of the great sacrifices our people have rendered for demanding their basic political right when 27 years back, Indian forces rained bullets on unarmed protesters killing 20 civilians and injuring more than 50 others. “None among them was either prosecuted or punished”, Mirwaiz said in a statement.
Mirwaiz said it is due to the sacrifices of these people that the Kashmir dispute is alive and is forcing the world to pay attention to it and influence New Delhi to resolve the dispute by giving people of Kashmir their right to self-determination so that bloodshed of Kashmiris is stopped and peace, and good will among people of the subcontinent restored.
Meanwhile, due to the inclement weather and incessant snowfall in Kashmir, the programme of Joint resistance leadership for commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of the Handwara massacre was cut short although a prayer meeting of locals led by senior Hurriyat leader Haji Shah Muhammad and attended by Hurriyat workers Haji Muhammad Jamal, Abdul Majeed Dar, Muhammad Akbar Teli, Ghulam Muhammad Ganai, Mushtaq Sagar, Irshad Ahmad Dar and others was held in Handwara.
Mirwaiz also remembered the massacre of 23 Kashmiri Pandits on this day in 1998 at Wandhama Ganderbal by gunmen who till date are “unidentified “and again no one has either been arrested or punished for this gruesome crime against innocents .