SRINAGAR: The killing of two innocent civilians in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday was widely condemned by pro-freedom as well as pro-India leadership besides Bar Association.
Danish Farooq Mir and Shaista Hamid were killed in forces firing at Kakpora area in Pulwama on Sunday.
The pro-freedom camp also criticised the international community and world human rights organisations for what it termed as “criminal silence” and “failure to hold India accountable for its crimes in Kashmir”.
Terming the killing as “cold-blooded murder”, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said this is a “worst kind of state terrorism of India in Jammu and Kashmir”.
“Every human life is precious but the rigidity and stubbornness of India is the only cause of this bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmiris are not war mongers, they too want to live a peaceful and prosperous life but the keys for establishing peace in this state and the entire South Asian region lie with India,” Geelani said in a statement issued here.
“Not only does the unresolved Kashmir issue claim precious human lives, the situation also drains India’s economic condition. Millions of people of this country are dying of starvation while as major part of its budget is spent over the purchase of arms and ammunition. If Kashmir issue is solved, this huge amount will get be used for people’s welfare.”
Praying for peace to the departed souls, Geelani said best way of paying tributes to them is to carry forward their mission for which they laid their precious lives.
Geelani also paid tributes to slain militants of Chowkibal, Kupwara and Kakpora, Pulwama.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said “this inhuman act of the government forces is an eye-opener for the world human rights bodies and the international community”.
“Indian forces present in Jammu Kashmir are committing crimes against humanity and unleashing terror due to the unbridled powers they enjoy under the draconian laws like AFSPA. The merciless killing of innocent civilians is the worst example of state-sponsored terrorism,” Mirwaiz said in a statement issued here.
Paying tributes to slain militant, Adil Ahmad, Mirwaiz said: “The martyred youth sacrificed his today for the better tomorrow of Kashmiri people.”
Condemning the innocent killing, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik said: “The trigger happy Indian soldiers, without any fear of penalisation, keep killing our people and international community, civil society and human rights organisations maintain their criminal silence over these innocent killings.”
“What was the sin of a 22-year-old innocent girl, Shaista Hameed and 18-year-old boy, Danish Farooq? Why were they murdered? Now, the so-called rulers, their authorities and pro-India politicians will announce or ask for enquiry into these killings to cover up the matter but we want to tell them that their dramas are exposed now. These people must know that according to the law of nature and law of justice, they are answerable for these murders and killings,” Malik said in a statement issued here.
“While India is hell bent upon pushing our next generation to the wall and is promoting violence, the international community, for its trade and business interests, is silent over this state-sponsored violence. This double standard and hypocrisy will bring disaster,” Malik said and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families.
Expressing grief over the killing, Chairperson Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, in a statement issued here, said “both were unarmed and their only crime was to wail over the martyrdom of a mujahid”.
“The world community should take note of Indian barbarism and make the so-called democracy answerable for all crimes its occupying forces are committing in Kashmir,” Andrabi said.
Terming the killing a “cold-blooded massacre”, Amir Muslim Deeni Mahaz, Dr Muhammad Qasim, in a statement issued here, said a single day strike cannot be a response to this “brutality”. “The leadership should ponder over a proactive and prompt response to such organised genocide of Kashmiri Muslims by Indian forces.”
J&K High Court Bar Association said: “India is hell-bent to subjugate the people of Kashmir wherever they are. The killing of two innocent persons at Lalhar, Pulwama should be an eye-opener for those who project India as a democratic country.”
Bar, in a statement issued here, requested the human rights organisations and conscious people of India to put pressure on Indian government and its leaders to stop killing the innocent people of Kashmir.
Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti, termed the killing as “unfortunate and uncalled for”.
“Such incidents are uncalled for and security forces must observe restrain while dealing with civilians in such a situation,” she said in a statement issued here and expressed solidarity with the victims’ families.
National Conference while expressing grief over the killing extended heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. NC spokesperson, Junaid Mattu said such heartbreaking incidents are major setbacks to reconciliation and peace and add to the perception of alienation among the youth.
“This is a very tragic and heartbreaking incident. Governor should ensure the guilty are identified and brought to justice in a time bound manner,” Mattu said in a statement issued here.
Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) president and MLA Hakim Mohammad Yasin while demanding impartial and time-bound probe into the incident said the killings are highly condemnable.
“Such killings further alienate the people of Kashmir which is a cause of concern. Government of India should immediately devise a mechanism so that such unfortunate incidents are stopped and guilty are punished. Is it in the destiny of Kashmiris to get killed every day? Instead of providing employment to youth, they are being killed and harassed, which is unfortunate,” Yasin said in a statement issued here.
Awami Itihad Party (AIP) president, Er Rashid, in a statement issued here, said: “Indian security agencies are treating every Kashmiri as their enemy. Wherever they find a chance, they do the worst. Not only Indian state, but its biased media is always there to justify these brutal murders.”