SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Wednesday termed the killing of a youth each from Chattabal and Lethpora by the government forces as “naked barbarism” and “state terrorism of the worst kind”, even as he criticised the United Nations for its silence.
“If the UN cannot stop the killing of the oppressed weak by the powerful and influential oppressor it should close shop or announce that it is an organisation of the powerful and influential and for the powerful and influential and those that do not fall is this league cease to exist for them,” Mirwaiz, according to a statement issued here, said during a protest sit-in.
Chattabal, Lethpora killings
Mirwaiz also spoke to Riyaz’s father and his bereaved family over phone, and consoled the family.
Paying tributes to Riyaz, he said, “Martyrs live forever in the collective conscience of their nation, and it is from them that a nation struggling for freedom and justice derives its inspiration and strength.”
He said it was sad that the land of Buddha, Ashoka and Gandhi, who propagated non-violence, was “carrying out massacre of innocents so unapologetically”.
“Today, even those in India who call themselves the champions of human rights or the civil society are maintaining a criminal silence,” he said.
Warning that the spark neglected in Kashmir could turn into a “dangerous ammunition dump” for entire South Asia, he said that peaceful public protests were continuing in south and north Kashmir and every nook and corer of the Valley.
“The entire world is witness to the fact that the people of Kashmir themselves are carrying forward their resistance movement and when people stand up for their basic right of right to self-determination, nobody on the earth had the power to stop them,” he said.