SRINAGAR: Strongly condemning the killing of a youth Khalid Ahmad Dar in south Kashmir’s Kulgam, Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday said even protesting against the search operations under CASO is responded with lethal pellets and bullets.
Mirwaiz in a statement said the “bloodbath” of Kashmiri youth by forces continues unabated under one pretext or other while human rights organisations, civil society, peace activists, and humanists in India and outside are observing a “criminal silence” on it.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the conglomerate while paying glorious tributes to three militants killed in gunfights in Chadoora, Budgam and Larnu, Kokernag said, “Kashmiri youth are paying priceless sacrifices for a great cause and their sacrifices are the assets of the Kashmir struggle.”
He said it is the collective responsibility of people and the leadership to safeguard these sacrifices. “The people of Kashmir and the resistance leadership need to remain steadfast to ensure that the goal of martyrs is realised,” he said.
The spokesperson said instead of resolving Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of its people, the Government of India (GoI) has adopted an “oppressive” and “stubborn” approach; and is muzzling genuine voices by use of military might thereby chocking all space for peaceful resistance.
“There is no end to atrocities and persecution being inflicted upon the common people especially the youth in the form of CASO. The young feel frustrated and pushed to the wall and are left with no choice but to pick up arms as a means of resistance,” he said.
“The Government of India must shun its military approach and accept the ground realities of Kashmir and take concrete steps to resolve the long-pending dispute as per the aspirations of its people so that peace prevails in the subcontinent.”
Condemning use of “brute force” on peaceful protestors at Chadoora, Budgam and Larnoo, Kokernag in which several people were injured, the spokesperson said, “It has once again become clear that there is no space for raising voice or staging a protest even in a peaceful manner.