Shah pays tribute to Pathribal, Barakpora massacre victims

SRINAGAR: On 16th anniversary of Pathribal and Barakpora massacres, the incarcerated chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah, on Thursday paid tributes to the slain civilians.

In a statement issued here, Shah, who continues to be in police detention, said the memories of these “gory” incidents are still afresh in our minds. “We can never forget that barbarism of Indian occupational forces. Just before these killings, Indian forces carried out a heinous massacre of Sikhs in Chattisinghpora in which 35 innocent persons were killed. And those families still wait for justice.”

Shah said India made a “failed attempt to defame the Kashmiris’ freedom movement by perpetrating these bloody massacres” on the arrival of the then US President, Bill Clinton. “Though CBI confirmed that Indian forces were involved in these heinous crimes and provided evidence against them, not a single culprit has been brought to book.”

“Indian agencies claimed of having killed militants in a gunfight but after the graves of slain were opened, everything became crystal clear as they turned out to be civilians who were killed in a fake encounter,” he said.

Expressing solidarity with victims’ families, Shah demanded impartial investigation into these massacres through an independent agency.”To trust upon Indian government and its agencies is out of question for us. The changing of DNA of Pathribal victims should be an eye-opener,” he said.