Burhan aftermath: Azadi camp condemns civilian killings, holds government responsible 


SRINAGAR: Pro-freedom camp on Sunday condemned the civilian killings following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on Friday even as it accused the government forces of resorting to target killing of youth.

In a statement issued here, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said he is pained by the civilian killings saying the Indian forces and some police officials are targeting the youth to create a hostile environment in Kashmir.

“Mehbooba Mufti and RSS are equally responsible for the murder of people. She couldn’t conduct the inquiry into the 2010 killings of which she had condemned and had sought resignation from the then chief minister Omar Abdullah,” he said and asked the international community to take strong notice of the “genocide” in Kashmir.

In a statement issued here, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the “naked aggression, barbarism” and continuous firing by government forces on the people.

He said the forces were executing the ‘Shoot to Kill’ policy which makes it clear that India has declared a war against Kashmir. “The thrashing of injured civilians admitted at SMHS Hospital and their women attendants by government forces is the worst example of state terrorism. The way they are trampling the human rights should serve as an eye-opener for the international human rights organisations and friends of humanity,” he said.

Mirwaiz said government of India cannot continue to deal with Kashmir with a clampdown and that Kashmiris would never accept their politics of oppression and suppression. “The public uprising has once more proved that Kashmir issue is not an administrative issue or an issue of change in governance but is connected to the wishes and aspirations of the people,” he said.

In a statement issued here, the incarcerated chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik condemned the “reign of terror” unleashed by the “trigger happy” government forces against the people of Jammu Kashmir.

Malik, who is in police custody, said, “After the martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani,the way in which the whole Kashmir is being terrorised by police, forces and army is a glaring example of the oppressive behavior and dictatorial mindset of Indian rulers and their Kashmiri stooges. To keep its illegal occupation on Kashmir intact, India and its forces have waged a war against Kashmiris. What is worse is the criminal statements by PDP leaders and police who are trying to legitimise this massacre by demonising the protesters instead of the killers.”

“Police and forces are not even sparing the injured and their families and hospital wards have been turned into torture centers for them. India, its Kashmiri stooges and authorities should see how millions of people are mourning and protesting against the martyrdom of a 22-year-old freedom fighter .This is the demonstration of the real aspirations of the people of Kashmir and should serve as an eye-opener for India and its stooges,” Malik said.

Meanwhile, a high-level delegation of JKLF comprising of Vice-chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and zonal organiser Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri managed to reach Tral where they expressed solidarity with Burhan’s bereaved family.

In a statement issued here, Chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) expressed grief over the loss of civilian lives condemned the “brutal” attitude of the state administration. He appealed people to march towards Tral to express solidarity with the families of martyrs.

“Following the martyrdom of Shaheed Burhan and his associates, the Indian forces turned the whole valley particularly the south Kashmir into a slaughter house by firing indiscriminately on the innocent people. The innocent civilians are deliberately targeted by the occupational forces,” he said.

Holding the rulers responsible for killings, Shah said these people have given a free hand to “killer” forces and are hell bent on repeating the 2008 and 2010.

Shah said the people’s affection towards militant commander Burhan is a referendum and proved “India’s stubbornness, negative propaganda against Kashmiris’ freedom movement and repressive policies against pro-freedom leadership couldn’t change the ground reality of Jammu Kashmir but every soul here demands Azadi from Indian occupation”.

The DFP chairman said the present situation of Kashmir has nothing to do with law and order situation but it is the issue of the future of 13 million people of the state which needs to be addressed.

He appealed people to march towards Tral to express solidarity with the families of martyrs and expressed solidarity with the families who lost their dear ones during last few days.

Chairman JKLF (R) Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bita Karate in a statement issued here stressed upon the international community to take notice of the killing spree in Jammu Kashmir.

Expressing grief over the loss of lives, Dar said the “brutal forces have turned the state into a valley of tears”. “Authorities at the helm of affairs have let lose their forces and innocent people are being killed without any justification,” he said, adding, “During opposition, PDP leaders used to raise hue and cry on benches. Now they are following the footsteps of their predecessors,” he said and appealed the international committee to take cognizsnce of the killings in J&K and impress upon India to stop the “massacre” carried by its forces.

Expressing grief over the death of 18 innocent lives in firing by forces in Kashmir, the Dal Khalsa strongly condemned the “brutal” attitude of the J&K government backed by Union Home Ministry that has given unbridled powers to the security forces.

In a joint statement issued here, senior Hurriyat Conference leaders including Chairman Islamic Political Party JK Mohammad Yousuf Naqash and President Muslim Democratic League Hakim Abdul Rashid condemned the “reign of terror unleashed by occupational forces in the nook and corner of valley”.

“These trigger happy forces indiscriminately shower bullets on the peaceful protesters. This is genocide. Even hospitals are not spared where besides shelling the injured and the staff are beaten. This is the naked state terror,” they said.

Paying tributes to martyred youth, the leaders said that by resorting to acts of “genocide” India will never succeed in curbing the sentiment of freedom and suppressing the ongoing freedom movement. “People of Kashmir have strongly resolved to continue their struggle till they achieve freedom from India,” the leaders said.