SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom leadership and Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Saturday condemned the use of force on protesters on Friday.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, said that “excessive force” and “military might” was used against the “peaceful and unarmed” protesters.
“The way the three unarmed innocents were martyred and around 400 injured since Friday makes it clear that government has launched a war against Kashmiris and by indulging in bloodbath of people is committing gravest of atrocities on the principle of ‘everything is fair in war’,” he said in a statement issued here.
He said the government forces were “trampling the sanctity of houses, breaking window panes, and abusing people”.
“This violent approach of forces has created havoc across Kashmir. Through these harsh measures, government wants to defeat people’s will but it should know that people’s will and passion for freedom will not be defeated by the military might,” he said. Mirwaiz said the government was indulging in “barbaric” ways of dealing with the protesters.
He paid tributes to Muhammad Maqbool Wagay, Sameer Ahmad Wani and Danish Rasool Mir, who were killed by the government forces on Friday.
‘Oppression aimed at suppressing people’s revolution’
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, while condemning the “ongoing oppression” on Kashmiris, said the sole motive of this “spree of killings and firings is to suppress people’s revolution by brute force”.
“Government is directly responsible for all the innocent killings as it issues orders to its forces to suppress people by military might. The so-called rulers will have to answer for their crimes against humanity,” Malik said in a statement issued here.
He also thanked the people of Doda, Kishtwar, Baderwah, Ramban, Banihal, Poonch, and Rajouri for exhibiting solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren.
“This show of solidarity has once again proved that the people of Jammu Kashmir are one and united in their demand for freedom,” he said, adding that the enemies of the people of Jammu Kashmir might try to “damage our communal harmony and brotherhood, but we must stand united and defeat their nefarious designs”.
‘Those massacring own people not humans’
Castigating the state administration for “unleashing atrocities” upon the people at Khanabal, chairman Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabir Ahmad Shah, termed it the “worst kind of state-sponsored terrorism”.
In a statement issued here, Shah rejected government’s claims that it is “people-friendly”, saying, “To consider these people humans is insult to humanity”.
“How can such people be regarded as humans who massacre their own people, attack the injured persons and ambulances, and unleash a reign of terror among masses?” he said.
Shah said the state administration has converted the state into a “slaughter house”.
“These people must remember that they will be held accountable for their crimes very soon,” he said.
He strongly condemned the use of “brute force” against the people on Friday and expressed grief over the killing of three youth.
“The international community must not wait for further tragedy in Jammu Kashmir but must play role in this regard on humanitarian grounds,” he said.