SRINAGAR: The resistance camp has strongly condemned the killing of an unarmed woman Misra Bano who fell to bullets during gunfight between militants and government forces in Yunso village of north Kashmir’s Handwara area. It also paid tributes to the slain woman and three militants killed in the encounter.
In a statement, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik termed the “brutal” killing of woman in Handwara as “naked Indian terrorism”, saying, “Indian trigger happy forces have crossed every limit of brutality and oppression in Jammu Kashmir.”
“The impunity provided to these killers has made them savages and they feel no shame while killing humans especially the innocents. The whole valley especially the north and south Kashmir have been turned into a battle field where Indian occupational forces have let loose an ugly reign of terror.”
Malik said the pro-Indian politicians, their political parties and all assembly members are “directly responsible for these atrocities and killings as they are the ones who provide legal shield to killer forces of India”.
Condemning the assault on a driver and an innocent young man at Ajas, Bandipora allegedly by forces, Malik said the “occupational forces are behaving like gangsters who have no respect for human life”.
Meanwhile, JKLF has expressed heartfelt grief over the demise of grandmother of its senior member Mushtaq Ahmad of Koreg, Ganderbal. Party’s district president Ganderbal Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya) participated in funeral prayers of the deceased lady and expressed condolence to the bereaved family.
Spokesperson of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference in a statement while strongly condemning the unarmed woman paid rich tributes to slain militants.
“Every lane of Kashmir has witnessed innocent killing (of) men, women, elderly and youth only for the sacred cause of Kashmir’s freedom struggle. The process of killing innocents continues even today,” he said.
“It is because of the unbridled powers given to forces in Kashmir to kill anybody they wish to. As such, innocent citizens are becoming soft targets which is highly condemnable,” the spokesperson said.
He said due to lingering Kashmir dispute for the last 70 years, killing innocent citizens has been a routine affair as forces have been given a free hand to kill anyone at their will. “Under a well planned conspiracy and on the basis of military might, New Delhi is resorting to genocide of Kashmiris in a systematic manner,” he said.
“Unless New Delhi stops dealing with Kashmir militarily, the killings, human rights violations and bloodshed will continue and the region will continue to suffer,” the spokesperson said. “It was very unfortunate that New Delhi instead of accepting the ground realities in Kashmir continues to use its military power to crush the genuine dissent and to choke all means of peaceful protests. In past, all such efforts failed and no such effort will bear fruit in future too.”
The spokesperson also strongly condemned the killing of two bank guards Mushtaq Ahmed and Tariq Ahmed in an attack on their vehicle at Keller, Shopian, terming the incident as “very unfortunate and condemnable”. He expressed solidarity and sympathy with the bereaved families.
He also strongly condemned the continuous house detention of conglomerate chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, arrest of JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik and other resistance leader.
“These repressive measures can’t break the resolve of the pro-freedom leadership,” the spokesperson said. “The arrest and detention of resistance leaders is a political vendetta which deserves all forms of condemnation.”