Civilian killings: Azadi camp questions state’s response

SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom leaders and organisations on Wednesday condemned the killing of two more people in north Kashmir’s Hundwara and Kupwara areas.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, said these incidents illustrate “the worst kind of state terrorism”.
In a statement issued here, Geelani rejected the probe ordered into the killings by the state government.
“People of Kashmir have seen many such committees and probes in the past. All these probes end up as mere eyewashes,” he said.
He said the regret expressed by the army officers after killings “is just a cruel joke”.
He also condemned the Indian media’s response to the killings, describing it as “shameless journalism”.
“Their biased reporting is misleading millions of viewers in India and across the world. They are hiding the brutal and barbaric face of Indian forces,” he said.

‘Brutalities won’t deter us’
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of Hurriyat conference (M), said these killings by government forces “are worst form of state sponsored terrorism”.
In his statement, Mirwaiz expressed deep shock and grief over the killings.
He said, “The atrocities committed by the government forces and the brutal force used to deal with the protesters under the grab of black laws like AFSPA clearly proves the intentions of the government of India and the rulers of Kashmir towards the people of Kashmir.”
The Hurriyat chairman maintained that the “brutality” of the government forces cannot silence the resistance against oppression.
“The people of Kashmir and the resistance leadership, who have been striving for their rights for the past several decades, cannot be silenced by oppressive tactics and brutal force,” Mirwaiz said.

Malik critcises govt’s regrets, probes
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, also expressed grief over the loss of lives in Kupwara and Hundwara.
Malik, in a statement issued here, said, “Our hearts bleed and minds are shattered and we as a nation are in a state of mourning.”
“On one hand, we receive dead bodies of our kith and kin and on the other hand pro-India politicians, rulers and assembly members, with utmost shame and highhandedness, come out with statements of condemnations, regrets, and probes,” he said.
He said the impunity granted to the government forces was responsible for fresh killings.
The JKLF chairman and his other companions have been under house arrest for the last two days, the statement said, adding that Malik has been suffering from high fever.
The JKLF leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt and district president Rafiq Ahmad Waar were arrested from Kupwara on Wednesday, it said.

Exhibition of collaborators’ loyalty: DFP
Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) general secretary, Moulana Abdullah Tari, has said the “killing spree is part of the loyalty the state collaborators have to exhibit to their master in New Delhi.”
Criticising administration over the detention of resistance leadership, Tari said, “On one hand, the blood of our youth is spilled like water and on other side forces are given an open deal to unleash reign of terror upon people.”
He expressed condolence and solidarity with the bereaved families.

‘Reflection of forces’ brutal face’
Javaid Ahmad Mir, JKLF leader, also condemned the killings.
He said the killings and the attack on chastity of Kashmir’s daughters “reflect the brutal face of forces”.

Mehbooba-govt following predecessors: JKLF (R)
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (R) chairman, Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bita Karate, strongly condemned the killings.
In a statement issued here, Dar said, “The present state government too is following footsteps of their predecessors and in a bid to please their masters in Delhi. These killings are the ugly gift of Mufti regime to the people of Kashmir.”

‘Time for decisive, offensive movement’
Dukhtaran-e-Millat president, Syedah Aasiyeh Andrabi, said the time has come to start a “decisive” and “offensive” movement to end the “Indian occupation in Kashmir”.
She termed the incident as an eye-opener and a “methodology for our ethnic cleansing”.
“Not only those but whole Jammu and Kashmir should learn that unless they reject all Indian parties and join an impressive and decisive movement to end the Indian occupation innocent blood will continue flowing,” she said.
She asked people to think before voting for any political party.

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