SRINAGAR: Dukhtran-e-Millat (DeM) chief, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi on Saturday claimed that reinforcements are pumped into Kashmir to “curb the increasing pro-freedom voices in the valley”.
In a statement issued here, Aasiya said though India justifies its military presence for maintaining peace in the state “but in reality these occupational forces commit barbarism and massacres here.”
She also called upon the pro-freedom leadership to find alternative ways of protests saying, “Hartals have now become a routine and nothing productive has come out of it.” A well-devised strategy should be charted out so that our youth get a direction which will lead us to the desired goal (of freedom),” she said.
Aasiya also condemned the brutal killing of civilians in Handwara by Indian forces and hailed the people for “raising voice against the injustice and despotism of Indian forces”.
“During last four days, five innocents, including a woman were killed in Kashmir. Indian forces are repeating the 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 (Mehbooba) had condemned the innocent killing in Kashmir in the past as well but Indian army has greeted her with killing of five innocent 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.