SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday strongly condemned the “indiscriminate” use of pellets against civilians and blinding youth in Shopian, saying blinding and maiming is “inhuman, most condemnable and barbarous”.
Commenting over the never-ending situation of uncertainty in the valley, Geelani in a statement said use of lethal weapons is “worst, most beastly, brutal and unbearable”.
Condemning the pellet firing on civilians, Geelani said Pervaiz Ahmad Dar, Imran Muneer, Feroz Ahmad and dozens of others were the victims of a deadly weapon used nowhere else in the world. “The fact remains unchanged, Kashmir is the only place in the world where these weapons are used against human beings,” he said.
The Hurriyat chairman said people everywhere in the world come on roads to express their anger and dissatisfaction and register their protest but the law enforcing agencies nowhere use lethal and deadly weapons against its own people.
Lashing out at authorities for “vandalism” and for their “heartless approach”, Geelani said there is no let-up in killings. He said resistance leaders are caged and detained on one pretext or the other and even barred to mourn these killings.
The resistance leader strongly condemned the continuous house detention of party leaders including Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Mohammad Yasin Ataiee, Bashir Ahmad Irfani, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, and dozens of other activists, saying our youth are being killed and maimed and we are not even allowed to share their pain.
Geelani criticised forces for constantly using the lethal weapons against peaceful protestors, saying the state of Jammu & Kashmir is the “only police state” in the world where the “violation of human rights and killing of innocent people” by government forces is not any big thing and where the armed forces have no accountability.
Geelani said the tall claims of ministerial heads to be seriously concerned about the future of our youth, is nullified by the “ruthless” killings and blinding of young generation. “How can these puppets justify the use of deadly weapons against peaceful protestors? The killers have flooded this valley with these armed forces to strengthen their autocratic regime, otherwise the protests in every part of world and in India show their might, vandalise properties but bullets and pellets are not showered over them,” he said.
Referring to continuous and unstoppable spree of killings and maiming, Geelani said the “wicked and cruel” forces have once again started destroying residential houses and ransacking the belongings of people and harassing and detaining youth in the dead of night.
“The sacrifices presented by our nation won’t go waste and I am sure and confident that we will achieve our cherished goal,” Hurriyat chairman said.