Visits families of slain Misra Banu, Asif Iqbal
SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday slammed the international community for its “double standards” vis-à-vis “poor nations” like Kashmir, saying this has made the world more dangerous and unsafe place to live on.
“Today butchery is being celebrated and blood of humans is being treated as the cheapest commodity, but civilised humans especially leaders keep tight-lipped to safeguard their trade and economic interests,” Malik said while addressing people at martyrs’ graveyard, Kupwara. “This apathy and double standard of the international community vis-à-vis the poor nations like Kashmir is actually making this world more dangerous and unsafe place to live on.”
He appealed to international community to shun its “negative attitude” towards fellow humans.
A party statement issued here said the JKLF chief along with a delegation comprising of party vice-chairman master Sheikh Muhammad Afzal, leaders Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Ghulam Muhammad Dar and M Afzal Mir reached Yunsu, Handwara early Tuesday morning to express solidarity with the woman Misra Banu, who fell to bullets last week during clashes between government forces and militants.
Malik also visited the family of slain cab driver Asif Iqbal of Thandipora, Kupwara who was killed in “crossfire” by Army in the wee hours when he was reportedly ferrying a patient. “Why are innocents Misra Bano and Asif Iqbal killed in cold blood and what is the sin of little Maryam (Misra’s 6-month-old daughter) who has been deprived of mother’s love by Indian occupation,” Malik said in his address.
JKLF chairman added, “Innocent Kashmiri men and women are falling to the bullets of Indian occupational forces that fear no prosecution and enjoy immunity provided by so-called rulers. All pro-India politicians, political parties, leaders and assembly members are responsible for this genocide as these are the people who provide these killers the licence to kill and (cover-up) their crimes against humanity by passing and incorporating appropriate laws and decrees.”
“Killing innocents in the garb of encounters and putting properties to flames is exposing the brutal face of Indian democracy in Kashmir. As a living nation, we should remember the sacrifices and never let our selfish interests to take over us. We cannot forget the blood of our martyrs.”
Malik also paid rich tributes to slain Jaish-e-Muhammad militant Noor Muhammad Tantray of Tral who was killed in a gunfight with government forces on Monday night at Samboora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
“The blood of martyrs will never go waste and Kashmir will always remain indebted to these great souls,” Malik said and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family of the slain JeM militant.