Pathribal fake encounter: Hurriyat (M) calls for shutdown on Friday

SRINAGAR: The Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference Wednesday called for a shutdown on Friday against the closure of Pathribal fake encounter case by Indian army while appealing imams( prayer leaders) to raise their voice on the issue during their sermons.
Speaking during a seminar at party headquarters here, amalgam leaders condemned the Army closure of the Pathribal fake encounter case and termed the Armed Forces Special Powers Act(AFSPA) as “license to kill for forces.”
The seminar was chaired by senior leader Moulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari and was organized to highlight the “injustices committed against Kashmiris under draconian laws like AFSPA ” and devise a strategy to challenge the Army’s clean chit to its men in the Pathribal fake encounter.
“There is no dispute that five innocent people were killed in Pathribal fake encounter. But Indian army through the court martial is trying to create doubts in people’s minds while saying it was a joint operation conducted by police and army and also invoking so- called lack of evidence to shield its men,” senior lawyer and former president High Court Bar Association, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, said.
Ronga also said that the Hurriyat leadership could help the victims by framing a strategy to plead the Pathribal fake encounter case in High Court.
“There are now only two ways to provide justice to the victims: either the Jammu and Kashmir government could challenge the order in court or the victims’ families can challenge the court martial order on their own in the court,” he said.
He also appealed pro-freedom leaders to stand united at this point of time so that “victims do not feel alone in their tragedy.”
Other speakers termed the AFSPA and other “draconian laws protecting the Indian army as a license to kill innocent Kashmiris.”
They also said that the exoneration of Army men in Pathribal had substantiated claims that Kashmir was
“run by the army and the pro-Indian politicians were just frontline sub-ordinates.”
Speaking on the occasion senior pro-freedom leader and chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF-H), Javid Ahmad Mir said the sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir should not be allowed to go waste at any cost and that it was high time for a “united stand to protest the army’s verdict.”
“Let us protest in New Delhi before international human rights agencies, embassies and other places so that they would ponder over the grave human rights violations in Kashmir,” Mir said.
Senior Hurriyat (M) leaders Moulvi Abbas Hussain Ansari, Abdul Manaan Bukhari, Syed Saleem Geelani also spoke on the occasion.