Pays tributes to ‘Bijbehara Martyrs’
SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Monday said innocent killings can prove detrimental for the ongoing freedom movement.
In a statement, Geelani while commenting over the civilian killings in Tral and Arwani, said in armed confrontation between warring groups, the casualties are expected. “However killing innocents neither serves any purpose for the movement nor does it suit our ethical values,” he said.
Paying glowing tributes to Bijbehara Martyrs, Geelani said, “The blood of these martyrs will not be allowed to go waste and nation will never forget the sacrifices rendered by martyrs of these heart-wrenching massacres. As a nation, we are committed to fulfil their mission.”
He appealed to human rights organisations including Amnesty International to use their offices “to bring to book these perpetrators involved in heinous crimes against humanity”. “As long as Indian forces are there, such pain giving events will occur and it will further add to the never-ending situation of uncertainty,” he said.
“Indian forces perpetrated hundreds of such gruesome massacres including Bijbehara, Gawkadal, Sopore, Handwara, Bandipora, Kupwara, Zakura, Wadhama, Chattisinghpora. During their freedom movement, Indians witnessed one massacre of Jallianwala Bagh while as we have witnessed several such incidents for the last seven decades,” Geelani said.
Referring to history, the Hurriyat chairman said after India’s independence from British rule in 1947, “more than five lakh innocent Muslims were brutally killed”.
He said the forces involved in these killings are roaming free and were never prosecuted for their crimes or brought to book but were instead honoured and elevated to higher status.
“It is because of this unaccountability that people are the worst sufferers and are facing these heart-breaking events,” he said.
Geelani in his appeal to United Nations said unless the forces’ “atrocities” are checked and probe initiated against killers and perpetrators, the human rights violations will go unchecked. “The international community should come to the rescue (of Kashmiris) and help to stop genocide and initiate action against perpetrators of these massacres, as was initiated against Serb militia in Bosnia Herzegovina,” Geelani said.