Muheet ul Islam
SRINAGAR: A number of people from civil society staged a sit-in-protest in Srinagar against the Monday attack on Amarnath yarties in which seven people were killed.
The protests assembled inside Pratap Park in Lal Chowk carrying black banners and placards in their hands. They raised slogans like, “innocents killings not accepted”, “all pilgrims welcome” and “all tourists welcome”.
The protest witnessed the participation of human rights activists, journalists, lawyers, businessmen, students, doctors.
Addressing the media, political analyst Abdul Majeed Zargar said that Kashmirs are not in favor of such killings and no Kashmiri would commit such a crime.
“We demand that the representatives of the United Nations here should conduct independent probe in this case so that the reality comes in front of people,” Zargar said adding that independent probe was must as Kashmiris “do not trust the investigations conducted by the Indian agencies”.
Human rights activist Khurram Parvez who coordinated the protest said, “From Gaw Kadal massacre to Batengo killings we demand that United Nations Human Rights Council should probe the civilian killings in Kashmir.”
Journalist Gowhar Geelani said, “We express solidarity with those who were killed in Batengoo attack. We are here to demonstrate Kashmir’s synthetic culture and condemn the killings of Yatris.”
The protesters also wished that people of India should also come same kind of outrage.
“There has to be equal outrage from Indians as well when civilians are getting killed. Indians lack such outrage when Kashmiris are getting killed and raped,” another speaker said.
Muhammad Yasin Khan, chairperson of Kashmir Economic Alliance questioned “selective coverage and outrage” of Indian media.
“Why are they silent when Kashmiris are being killed and maimed,” Khan said.
Earlier in the day Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised a protest rally from its office to press enclave to condemn “every kind of blood bath” in Kashmir.
While condemning the incident the chairman of the association demanded a time bound probe in the incident by a Supreme Court judge to expose the perpetrators.
Ibrahim Shahdad, former president KCCI told Kashmir reader that the rally and protest was organised not for Tuesday attack incident alone but against every killing in Kashmir.