SRINAGAR: The resistance leaders on Monday condemned the government forces’ “indiscriminate” firing on people in Frisal village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Sunday in which two civilians Ashiq Ahmad Reshi and Mushtaq Ahmad Itoo were killed. Several delegations of pro-freedom camp also visited the residences of slain militants and paid tributes to them besides expressed solidarity with their families.
Forces responsible for deteriorating situation: Geelani
In a statement issued here, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani while lashing out at forces said “they are involved in serious war crimes” in Jammu Kashmir. He said opening fire on unarmed people and making civilians as shield shows the height of “state terrorism”.
“Nobody asks them (forces) nor do they feel accountable for their crimes,” Geelani said and termed the demand for enquiry into killings by a minister as “ridiculous, eye wash, and deceit”.
“There is no reason to accept the creditability of enquiry commissions as these are done to pacify the people’s sentiments. Till now, no one has been brought to book, punished, or declared guilty,” he said.
The Hurriyat (G) chairman also rejected the “propaganda of state machinery” that people’s uprising in valley is a Pakistan-sponsored. “The resistance movement is indigenous and our youth are striving for mission and most of them have never crossed the borders. They are local youth and are exhibiting their valour against the brutalities and hegemony of India,” he said.
Blaming forces for increasing deteriorating situation in the state, Geelani said, “Indian forces are using brute and excessive force against unarmed civilians and taking revenge from innocent citizens.”
Geelani said the “arrogance of power, and stubborn and inflexible approach of India is the basic cause that our youth are joining armed ranks”.
“The policy makers in Delhi never bother to pay heed to our screams and continuously ignore the just voices. This is the basic cause that human lives are at stake and the situation turns grave with each passing day,” Geelani said.
Hurriyat (G)’s assistant general secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Tariq Ahmad Shah and Jahangir Ahmad visited Hawara and Hadigam villages of Kulgam and paid tributes to slain youth.
Utter disrespect of human rights: Hurriyat (M)
Denouncing the “atrocities, use of brutal force, and aggression” by government forces on people, Hurriyat Conference (M) termed it the “worst form of state terrorism”.
A spokesman of the conglomerate, in a statement issued here, said the “reign of terror” unleashed by government forces “demonstrated the utter disrespect of human rights and brazen face of the cruel ruling regime”.
“The government forces indulged in gruesome rights violations in the entire area and broke all records of atrocities committed on innocent civilians. It is the moral responsibility of the international rights organisations to take note of human rights violations in Kashmir and stress upon New Delhi to put an end to unabated atrocities its forces are committing on the people,” he said.
‘Justice-loving people should break silence on Kashmir’
Condemning the use of “excessive” force against civilians, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah said forces are always in search of an excuse to target the innocent people. He said the justice-loving people across the world should condemn such acts.
In a statement issued here, Shah said targeting civilians after facing the “brave Mujahideen” in encounter is a “cowardly” act. “The blood-thirsty forces are finding excuses to shed bloodshed in the valley.
He urged the world’s justice-loving people to “break silence over the grave situation in Kashmir” and take immediate actions “to stop Indian oppression in valley”.
“Why doesn’t the government of India reply as to why pellets and bullets are reserved for only Kashmiris; why non-lethal weapons aren’t used against civilian protesters in Indian states? Until such suppressive acts are stopped and the people of Jammu Kashmir given their right to self-determination, the just and genuine struggle will continue,” Shah said.
A Freedom Party delegation led by Molvi Sajad Ahmad and Molvi Bashir Ahmad visited Frisal and expressed solidarity with the owner of the house where encounter took place. They also visited the families of slain youth and militants and paid tributes to them.
World community’s role unfortunate: Jama’at
Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir while condemning the forces’ action in Kulgam urged the international human rights groups, UN, and OIC to “take cognisance of rights violations perpetrated by government forces upon civilians in Kashmir”.
Jam’at spokesman advocate Zahid Ali while leading a delegation to Frisal, Kulgam said, “Our youth render countless and precious sacrifice for the freedom of their nation and today we pledge that we will safeguard these sacrifices in every respect”.
He said it is “unfortunate” that world community is paying no heed towards “our suppressed voice” and sacrifices rendered by our youth.
Zahid Ali said New Delhi should address Kashmir issue as per the UNSC resolutions. He also paid tributes to slain youth and militants saying “the sacrifices rendered by our educated youth are an asset of freedom struggle which needs to be safeguarded”.