Geelani calls for condolence meet on Sunday
SRINAGAR: The killing of a civilian Mohammad Yousuf Bhat at Panzgam, Kupwara allegedly by the government forces was strongly condemned by pro-freedom camp with chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani demanding “fair probe by impartial agencies”.
Geelani also announced to hold a condolence meeting in the memory of slain civilian in Panzgam on Sunday and appealed people of the surrounding areas to participate in large number in the event to protest against the “brutal incident”.
“This condolence meeting will be a tribute to the elderly civilian,” Geelani said in a statement issued here. He rejected the statement of DC Kupwara calling for initiating an inquiry into the case saying the state-level inquiry commissions are “unacceptable” as till now not a single culprit was prosecuted or brought to book.
The Hurriyat chairman said government forces are “directly targeting” civilians and “unbridled” state power is being enforced against innocents. He blamed the state administration for “unleashing violent measures” against unarmed civilians.
Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, Geelani said government forces have “virtually waged a war” against civilians and are “carrying massacre under well-thought-out plan”.
He asked New Delhi to “show wisdom and accept the disputed status (of J&K) as it will pave way for lasting solution to the vexed dispute”.
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the killing said direct firing on peaceful protesters shows the “callousness of Indian forces who only know to kill and injure people at will”.
In a statement issued here, Malik said, “Illegal occupational forces are treating Jammu Kashmir as their colony. This belligerence and cold bloodedness of Indian army, forces, and police is because of the policies of fascist rulers who have given them a free hand to kill and maim people.”
He said that immunity from punishment has made Indian forces and army “blood thirsty” and they are “shamelessly killing people with impunity”.
Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, JKLF chairman prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured in army firing.
In a separate statement, Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir while condemning the killing of Mohammad Yousuf Bhat termed it “worst face of state-terrorism”. “Government forces have made a routine to resort to indiscriminate use of pellets and bullets upon peaceful and innocent Kashmiris to muzzle their just and legitimate voice,” a party spokesperson said.
He said forces are “big hurdle” in the way of prosperity and development of Kashmir who “soak their hands into the blood of innocents and thereby leave this region into the quagmire of uncertainty”.
“These brutal forces with the help of those who are at helm brazenly deceive the world community about the realities of Kashmir. On one hand, they claim to be security force but in reality they are killing Kashmiris mercilessly. These uncontrollable forces punctured CM Mehbooba’s directive to adopt ‘most humane approach’ while dealing with protestors,” the party said.
Jama’at also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and those who were injured. It impressed upon the world community to “take strong note of the bloodshed in Kashmiris at the hands of Indian forces and take effective and concrete measures for the resolution of longstanding Kashmir dispute”.
Strongly condemning the killing, JKLF (R) chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bita Karate said, “It is extremely sad that we are being killed at point blank range by forces but the international community is maintaining silence. How can they kill our innocent civilians in a cold-blooded manner and without any justification? It pains us to see the innocents falling to bullets.”