SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Saturday said the “brutal” use of force against peaceful protesters in Dialgam Anantnag has once again brought to fore the “complete disregard” for human life especially the youth in Kashmir “so that our race perishes”.
It also urged people to observe a complete shutdown on Sunday to express their resistance and protest against the “cold-blooded murder” of two civilians — a youth Shadab Ahmed and a woman Tahira Begum — and to show solidarity with the slain militants.
In a statement, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik said the draconian and lawless laws give forces complete impunity to kill the people of Kashmir especially youth at their will.
The leaders questioned the silence observed by the international community over the killing spree and unabated “human rights violations” being committed by Indian forces in Kashmir. “The criminal silence adopted by world community is raising the confidence of rulers in Kashmir to kill people at will and to muzzle a genuine political movement through military might,” they said and urged the international human rights bodies to play their role in “curbing the growing rights abuses in Kashmir which are touch a new low (with) each (passing) day.”
Expressing “deep grief and anguish” at “indiscriminate” firing on people by government forces which resulted in killing of two unarmed protesters at Dialgam, Geelani, Mirwaiz, and Malik termed it “extremely horrific and condemnable”.
They said the slain youth Shadab Ahmed and a woman Tahira Begum became “fresh targets” of forces’ “brutality”.
“On one hand, while forces are selectively killing our youth, and on the other (side), (the) entire pro-freedom leadership has been caged and (are) not even allowed to express sympathy with the bereaved families,” the leaders said, adding, “The ruling regime has crossed all limits of repression and killings; imposition of curfews, restrictions and curbs has become a routine in Kashmir.”
The leadership also paid rich tributes to two slain militants, Bashir Lashkari and his associate and hailed their sacrifice.