SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who continues to be under “illegal” house arrest, on Tuesday said the situation in Kashmir is extremely grim and fast deteriorating.
“More than thirteen civilians have been brutally killed by forces in last six weeks alone. These forces enjoy complete immunity from any accountability or legal prosecution under the cover of the draconian law AFSPA,” Mirwaiz said in a statement. “Most of these killings have taken place in Shopian district where around eight civilians, young men and teenagers have been killed including a 17-year-old girl Saima Wani. Even lactating mothers have not been spared as two young mothers of infants were gunned down by forces.”
Mirwaiz said that rampant killing of Kashmiris is becoming the order of the day and “it seems that it is a part of the military solution that is promulgated by the Indian state as a way of dealing with the Kashmir conflict”.
He said Kashmiris are perpetually at great risk as they are left at the mercy of the forces. “Unless the draconian law AFSPA is not abolished, the killing of Kashmiris will continue and we will keep losing our young and old men and women.”
Mirwaiz once again urged upon the international human rights organisations to take cognisance of the “extremely grave human rights situation” in the valley and highlight it at the global level. “The silence of Indian human rights organisations, activists, humanists, print media, writers, columnists at the rising graph of gruesome killings in Kashmir is extremely sad and discouraging.”
Hurriyat chairman said the situation at the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border is no better as civilians and soldiers are dying on both sides, and can anytime escalate into a full scale war.
Mirwaiz said the killings and bloodshed could easily be stopped if only the main cause – the Kashmir dispute – is addressed and the status quo discarded.
“However, it is so painful that nothing is being done in this direction. India and Pakistan for their own survival will be forced to do so at one point of time, but the tragedy is that people of Kashmir till then will continue be in this grind of death and destruction,” Mirwaiz said.