SRINAGAR: Dukhtran-e-Millat (DeM) chief, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi on Saturday claimed that reinforcements are being made in Indian military stationed in Kashmir to “curb the increasing pro-freedom voices in the valley”.
In a statement issued here, Aasiya said though Indian state justifies the presence of its military in Kashmir by claiming that they are for maintaining peace in the state “but reality is that these occupational forces only commit barbarism and massacres here.”
She also called upon the pro-freedom leadership to devise a mechanism for finding the alternative ways of protests saying, “Hartals have now become routine and nothing productive has come out of it. A well-devised strategy should be charted out so that our youth will get a direction which will lead us to the desired goal (of freedom.”
Aasiya also condemned the “brutal” killing of civilians in Handwara by forces and hailed the people for “raising voice against the injustice and despotism of Indian occupational forces”.
“During last four days, five innocents including a woman were killed in Kashmir. Indian forces are repeating the same cycle of brutal killings. Such autocracy on their part is extremely condemnable,” she said.
Taking a dig at the chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, the DeM chief said, “She (Mufti) had also in the past condemned the innocent killing in Kashmir but Indian army has greeted her with blood of five innocents in Handwara.”
“Today, she had to cut short her visit to Handwara via helicopter as the public was agitated. I express full sympathies with the people of Kashmir in general and affected families of Handwara in particular,” Aasiya said.