Forces firing to kill, Malik trashes government claim

SRINAGAR: Trashing the government claims that security forces were following SoPs, Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday questioned that why was it that majority of those killed and injured received bullets or pellets in their heads and chests.
In a statement issued here, Malik said, “Till now, government forces have taken the lives of more than 35 people and injured more than 1500 and most of whom are in critical condition. Today, another young boy from Bijbehara lost his life as the ambulance in which he was being carried to Srinagar hospital was stopped by forces. Civilians are targeted on head and chests. Isn’t this enough evidence of firing to kill?”
He said forces have become habitual of stopping ambulances, arresting the injured, and torturing them and it seems they have been assigned the job of “terrorizing” Kashmiris. “The so-called rulers and their masters are not concerned about those killed and injured by the trigger-happy forces,” he said.
Malik asked party activists and people to enhance the efforts of providing relief to the victims of “state-sponsored” violence that erupted after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on Saturday.
Condemning the arrest spree in Tral area of south Kashmir – the hometown of slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani – Malik termed it the “ugliest phase of oppression unleashed by the PDP-BJP rulers”.
He also expressed satisfaction over the “atmosphere of brotherhood” shown by people during last few days saying, “During the times of need, Kashmiris have always showed exemplary brotherhood, fellow-feeling and passion of charity but we all also need to exhibit utmost discipline during these times and continue with our good efforts with zeal and passion. Today our brethren from Jammu region including Ramban, Banihal, Doda, Kishtwar, Baderwah, Rajouri and Poonch showed sympathy with us,” Malik said.
Meanwhile, as per statement, JKLF delegations led by Vice-chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and Noor Muhammad Kalwal visited SMHS and SKIMS hospitals where they met the injured persons and their families. They expressed solidarity with them and prayed for their early recovery.
“Also, JKLF activists visited various hospitals and distributed essential food items, clothes, medicine and offered monetary assistance among the needy people. They also donated blood for the victims,” the statement said.