SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Thursday expressed deep shock over the death of a minor Musharraf Fayaz of Shopian.
Musharraf was critically wounded after an unexploded shell went off at an encounter site in Shopian last week. He succumbed to his injuries at SKIMS on Thursday.
A spokesperson of the amalgam in a statement said, “It is because of the huge deployment of forces everywhere in Kashmir that almost every day, valley witnesses killing of young boys. With (Musharraf’s) death, the number of civilians killed in Shopian has mounted to five.”
He said Delhi is trying to kill and crush civilian population demanding fundamental and political rights. “Such war crimes are being committed under a well planned conspiracy.”
Paying tributes to Musharraf, the spokesperson said the death of young boy has left the entire population of Kashmir in shock and grief. He said to stop further killings of Kashmiri people, it is the need of the hour to not only roll back the draconian laws AFSPA but New Delhi must start demilitarization of Kashmir on war footing to stop further bloodshed. “Delhi must also start a process to give the birth right of Kashmir’s which is right to self determination,” he said.
The spokesperson also denounced the government decision of frequently caging conglomerate chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence “every alternate day”. He termed it as a “political vendetta”.
“Barring Mirwaiz from carrying out his religious, social and political duties is a deliberate attempt to create a gap between the leader and the masses. Such repressive measures can’t break the resolve of the leadership nor the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson strongly condemned the frequent search operations in parts of south Kashmir.