SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday said government forces are involved in “serious war crimes” in Jammu and Kashmir. He slammed forces for killing civilians Javed Ahmad Bhat and Suhail Javed Lone and injuring scores of others in Ganowpora Shopian on Saturday.
“Opening fire on unarmed people shows the height of state terrorism,” Geelani said in a statement. “Nobody asks them, nor do they feel accountable to their crimes. This should serve an eye-opener for the international community.”
Geelani said “India has declared a war against civilians in the occupied state. Nowhere on the earth is brute force used against unarmed civilians.”
Terming the statement of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti as “ridiculous”, Geelani said, “Their rhetoric about such inquiry commissions is just an eye wash and deceit. There is no reason to accept its creditability as they just want to pacify the sentiments of people and till now none among the accused was brought to book, punished or declared guilty. They are not sincere and it is their ploy to cool down the resentment from people.”
Paying glorious tributes to slain civilians, Hurriyat chairman extended his condolences to the grieved families. “We feel the pain, and the blood of martyrs will never go in vain. Delhi with its military might is trying to crumble our struggle however it will fail.”
Blaming forces for increasing deteriorating situation in the state, Geelani said they are using “brute and un-proportionate force” against unarmed civilians and are taking “revenge” from innocent citizens.
“Killing Javed Ahmad, Suhail Javed and injuring scores of unarmed civilians are clear instances that forces have declared war against innocent citizens. The unprovoked and unjustified use of brute force against unarmed civilians is a known crime in civilised world but it is very unfortunate that uncivilised Indian forces know no such norms. They are following their masters and local stooges to kill more and harass peaceful citizens.”
He said Indian forces are enjoying the impunity under the garb of AFSPA and Disturbed Areas Act (DDA) and it serves a licence for them to kill anybody. “It is impossible to halt such events unless these incidents are investigated by some international agencies and culprits are brought to book,” he said.
“Arrogance of power, stubborn and inflexible approach of India is the basic cause that our people are resenting and showing resistance,” he added.
Referring to policy makers in Delhi, Geelani said they never bother to pay heed to the screams and continuously ignore the “right voices”. “This is the basic cause that human lives are at stake and with every passing day the situation turns uncontainable and grave,” he said.
Geelani appealed to peace-loving people of the world to “wake up from slumber and put pressure on India to resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the people”.