Kashmir: Mirwaiz says government forces turned Kashmir into ‘battlefield’

Srinagar: Terming the inaction and helplessness of the ruling class over the continuous killings and bloodshed of people at the hands of government forces in every nook and corner of Kashmir as “shameful”, Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday said  government forces have turned the valley into a “battlefield with target killings by spraying bullets and pellets at them”.
In a statement, Mirwaiz Pointed out that the ruling class remained unmoved and unashamed  while people are subject to worst form of curfews restrictions curbs and human rights violations were at their peak.
“People in the old city and other districts were not allowed to offer prayers in the historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar and main Masjids of their localities for weeks together. while stating that all that the ruling class  cared about was staying in  power and that they would go to any extent for hanging on to the chair. If they had cared about people, they would have realised how they were instrumental in filling graveyards with martyrs and hospitals with the injured, and opened eyes to the reality that people in the length and width of Kashmir were staging peaceful protest demonstrations against the atrocities committed by the state but were targeted for striving for their basic rights,”he added.
Lauding people for showing consistency and steadfastness and paying tributes to them for sacrificing their lives and properties for the great cause,  Mirwaiz said despite the passage of a month now, people were following the unified resistance leadership’s programmes in letter and spirit which would have a permanent affect on the ongoing resistance movement and hoped that the day was not far when they would see the dawn of a new revolution and fulfillment of their right to self-determination.
Expressing concern that in some areas some mischievous and anti movement  elements were working overtime to give a bad name to the ongoing resistance movement by creating discord among the people and trying to rake up communal and sectarian issues, he called upon people to beware of those elements saying that the Sikh and Pandit community of Kashmir were an inseparable part of the Kashmiri society and as safe as we are here.
He also appealed people specially youth not to stop ambulances plying to ferry the injured and ailing.
Meanwhile, a Hurriyat spokesman while condemning the continuous arrest and house arrests of the Mirwaiz, senior Hurriyat leaders Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Javed Ahmad Mir and other resistance leaders, said such tactics would not be able to break the will of the resistance leaders and the freedom-loving people of Kashmir.

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