‘Lack of accountability makes forces to kill innocents’
SRINAGAR: The resistance leadership on Sunday strongly condemned the killing of a civilian Asif Iqbal by government forces at Thandi Pora, Kupwara. According to reports, Asif, a driver by profession, was killed in firing by army personnel during an ambush at Thandipora on Saturday night.
In a statement, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani termed it “very unfortunate” and blamed the state administration, police and “occupational” forces for “these brutal killings”.
In a telephonic address to mourners, Geelani appealed people to boycott upcoming elections. He said those who vote during elections were not only committing an act of treason but their actions were also acting as oxygen for the “Indian occupation of Kashmir”.
“It is very sad that in Kupwara, a few people voted even for BJP,” Geelani said. “Taking part in election process is tantamount to betrayal with the sacred blood of martyrs. Any sort of participation in elections would prolong our struggle for freedom.”
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while strongly condemning the killing of Asif said, “Indian forces, laced with unbridled powers and impunity under the cover of black laws are trigger happy and whenever and wherever they wish, they kill Kashmiris as has been witnessed in the last three decades.”
“As there is no accountability, thousands of Kashmiris have been killed in such cold blood and merciless manner and not even a single soldier or policeman involved has ever been brought to book or tried by law,” Mirwaiz said. “Every lane of Kashmir has been turned red with the blood of innocent people over the past three decades of intense repression.”
Questioning the criminal silence adopted by the world human rights bodies, Mirwaiz said for the last 70 years, “Kashmiri people have been killed, blinded maimed, tortured and all the international rights organisations, instead of building pressure on New Delhi to withdraw its forces from Kashmir and resolve the conflict, prefer to remain mum, which is extremely unfortunate”.
Mirwaiz asked the international organisations as to how long the people of Kashmir would continue to shoulder the coffins of their loved ones. He extended his heartfelt condolence and sympathies to the family members of slain Asif Iqbal.
Meanwhile, the conglomerate expressed serious concern over the failing health of Awami Action Committee’s acting general secretary Ghulam Nabi Zaki, who continues to remain lodged in police station Sopore for the last five days.
Demanding immediate release of Zaki, the spokesperson said the ailing AAC leader is already suffering from heart and other ailments and prolonging his detention would pose a serious threat to his health.
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik said the “cold blooded murder” of innocent Asif Iqbal has “once again proved that trigger happy Indian forces, enjoying immunity are only deployed to kill humans in Kashmir”.
In a statement, Malik said Indian rulers along with their Kashmiri “stooges” are providing legal cover to these “killers” and are equally responsible.
Strongly condemning the “brutal” killing of Iqbal, Malik said, “The killing of one more Kashmiri and then issuing shameless statements to cover up this gruesome act has yet again exposed the fact that Indian occupational army and forces have turned into worst kind of beasts who can kill anyone, anywhere at will.”
“Killing innocent Kashmiris has become an ordinary thing for these trigger happy killers because they fear no accountability and enjoy immunity provided by the so-called assembly and Indian parliament,” he said.
Malik said “the pro-India rulers led by puppet chief minister time and again justify these killings of Kashmiris by putting blame on oppressed but today we want to ask her and her masters in Delhi as to what crime the innocent Asif Iqbal committed and why was he killed in cold blood”.
“This killing exposes the lies of hypocritical pro-India politicians who for the lust of power have stooped to new low of shame and callousness. Besides Indian government and its stooges in Kashmir, all pro-India politicians, political parties, assembly members and rulers are directly responsible for these killings because it is these people who from 1947 till date have been legalising these killings and providing necessary legal cover to the killers.”
Paying rich tributes to Asif, JKLF chairman expressed solidarity with the bereaved family. Malik also expressed his heartfelt grief over the demise of mother of senior journalist Zahir ud Din, grandmother of party member Irfan Khan of Athwajan and the demise of Ghulam Rasool of Maisuma and Maryam Akhtar w/o Ghulam Rasool Mir.
He visited the bereaved families and expressed condolences with them. He also prayed for heavenly abode of the deceased persons and forbearance to the bereaved families.
In a statement, Chairperson Kashmir Tehreek-e-Khawateen Zamrooda Habib expressed deep anguish over the “brutal” killing of Asif and said “our blood is being spilled mercilessly and government forces are responsible for killings of innocent young people in Kashmir on daily basis”. “(This) is a very serious concern,” she said.