SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom leaders on Saturday condemned the series of killings in Kashmir valley by unidentified gunmen saying Kashmiris would not remain silent over the issue.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik announced that he would hold a hunger strike on Tuesday against the mysterious killings.
The valley has been rattled by a number of killings particularly in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. While the bullet-riddled body of a Hizbul Mujahideen militant was found in a paddy field on Saturday in Kunzer, former militant Bashir Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Sopore, was shot dead on Friday evening. His 3-year-old son Burhan Bashir was also hit in the firing and he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. On Monday, dead bodies of three Hizb militants were found in an orchard in Pattan.
“Growing incidents of mysterious killings are a conspiracy to damage freedom struggle of Kashmiris. Kashmiris will not remain silent spectators on these gruesome killings,” Malik said in a statement.
He said that international community should probe these killings so that the faces behind this bloodshed were exposed.
“I along with others will sit on a one day token hunger strike at Pratap Park on Tuesday (September 22) against these killings,” Malik said in the statement.
The JKLF statement said that a high level delegation led by vice chairmen advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt and Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi managed to reach Sopore and meet with the bereaved families of youth whose dead bodies were found in Pattan on Monday.
The delegation expressed solidarity with the bereaved families of all martyrs and prayed for their heavenly abode.
“The blood of innocent martyrs who fell to the bullets of tyrants at Pattan recently is still fresh and three more including a three year old kid Burhan have fallen to the barbarism of savages. What was the crime of a small kid who was sleeping in the lap of his father? Why was he killed? Today our hearts and souls are hurt and we as a nation mourn the loss of these human lives,” the statement quoted the leaders as saying.
Meanwhile sternly castigating the killing of Bashir Ahmad Bhat and his son by unidentified gunmen in Sopore, a Hurriyat Conference (M) spokesman stated that the killing of innocent people was not justified and was against human values.
“We also condemn the killing of noted freedom fighter, Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, in a state sponsored fake encounter in Tangmarg,” the spokesman said.
He said it was incumbent upon Kashmiri people to show complete commitment and resolve towards freedom struggle for which martyrs like Bhat have laid their precious lives.
The spokesman said that senior Hurriyat leader Musaidq Adil led a high level delegation to Hardshivpora, Sopore to condole the death of Amir Qadir Reshi and Naveed Ahmad Khan. The delegates expressed their sympathies with the bereaved family on behalf of chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.