‘Denial of ground reality leading to bloodshed’
Srinagar: The resistance camp on Saturday paid glowing tributes to civilians and militants killed by government forces in Arwani on Friday and said that continued denial of the “reality” of Jammu Kashmir by India was taking lives and destroying peace in the region.
Senior resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani, said that authorities instead of following realistic approach “are pursuing their haughty and devious agenda.”
Addressing mourners at Kulgam and Pampore through telephone, Geelani paid tributes to the militants and civilians killed during Arwani gunfight, a statement issued by Hurriyat Conference said.
“Our brave hearts are laying their life for a sacred cause and their sacrifices won’t go waste.” Geelani said.
Extending condolences with bereaved families, Geelani said that a true Muslim reposes his faith only in Allah and stressed on following the “mission of martyrs”.
“It will be a best tribute if we stay away from bargaining against material gains and personal interests,” he said.
In a message sent out from Central Jail, JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik said that “our young ones”, pushed to wall by military and police might are left with no choice “but to sacrifice their lives for dignity and freedom”.
“We salute their valor and passion,” Malik said while paying tributes to Junaid Matto, Nasir Wani, Adil Mushtaq, Mohammad Ashraf and Ashan Mushtaq, the militants and civilians killed at Arwani.
Malik said that “Illegal military occupation” and continued denial of Indian leadership to the reality of Jammu Kashmir dispute was “taking lives of humans, ruining families and destroying peace and harmony of a whole region.”
“Blood of Kashmiris is being spilled over with impunity and no one among international community seems to bother or care about it which is criminal,” he said as per a statement issued by JKLF.
The statement added that JKLF delegations visited Raidwani Kulgam and Bandipora and participated in the funeral prayers and condolence meetings of Junaid Matto, Mohammad Ashraf and Naseer Ahmad Sheikh.
APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who was once again placed under house detention also paid tributes to the slain militants and civilians.
Mirwaiz said that killing unarmed Kashmiris has become a regular feature of the state’s “oppressive policy” in Kashmir.
He said that even in the holy month of Ramadan, forces continued with “their policy of killing civilians unabatedly besides unleashing a reign of terror across the Valley”.
He remarked that turning blind eye to the basic reality of Kashmir issue and delaying its resolution was the main reason of bloodshed in Kashmir. “It is because of the stubborn and rigid approach of the New Delhi towards Kashmir and its people that killing of innocent civilian has become a daily feature.”
Geelani and Mirwaiz also castigated GOI for harassment of pro-freedom leaders by NIA which they said was a ploy to malign the people’s movement and the resistance leadership.
Condemning the killings and vandalizing of houses by government forces, Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir Saturday said that the “reign of terror” signifies that Indian forces have been given a “mission Kashmir project” under which “they day in and day out are killing, injuring and maiming local population.”
In a statement issued here Saturday Jama’at said that the forces personnel have been given “license to kill Kashmiri youth at random and destroy their properties so as to devastate them economically too”.
“The condition of three fully devastated residential houses at Arwani all their household goods burnt down to ashes is a glaring example of the Indian establishment against the Kashmiri people.”
Jama’at also condemned the “vandalism” of government forces in Sicop Colony Bijbehara where “population was kept under captivity for hours together and some of them beaten also.”