SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesdayrecalled the 2009 double rape and murder of Aasiya and Neolofar of Shopian and regretted that the case was brushed aside.
“Nine years on, no investigation was held and the case was brushed aside on a self-made and highly manipulated investigation report of CBI. Instead of ordering an impartial probe into the incident, the case was hushed up under a well planned conspiracy to shield the real culprits and to deprive the victim families from the justice,” Mirwaiz said while addressing a religious gathering at Masjid Shareef Tengpora, Zoonimar in Srinagar.
“Those involved in the incidents like Shopian and Kunanposhpora, continue to roam scot-free and instead of ordering an impartial probe, culprits are having a field day,” he said and urged the world forums and rights organisations to take serious note of “war crimes” being committed by forces here.
Mirwaiz said on one hand, GoI announces ceasefire and on the other hand, its forces torch apple crop and damage public property without any moral reason in the holy month of Ramadhan.
He said forces in Kashmir are laced with unbridled powers under black laws including AFSPA and they don’t care for any action knowing the fact that they would never be held accountable.
He strongly condemned the killing of an innocent sumo driver Bilal Ahmed of Pulwama. He said in absence of accountability, forces are killing Kashmiris at their will and wish.
Hurriyat (M) chairman said Kashmiris’ struggle is genuine and it can be muzzled through military might as such tactics were employed in the past too but failed to yield any result. He said such repressive measures can’t force the freedom loving people of Kashmir into a submission.
He said forces’ atrocities were once again on a full display at Turkwangan and Wangam Shopian where they resorted to vandalising of properties, torching of trees in orchards, and thrashing inmates and also damaging the property and household goods of militant commander Zeenatul Islam, which is highly condemnable.
Mirwaiz, who is also the patron of Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema patron, termed Ramadhan as full of spiritual rewards for the faithful and said the month helps a believer to get closer to the bounties of Almighty Allah.
He said Qur’an was descended in this very month of fasting from skies to the earth and reciting Qur’an during fasting gives spiritual uplifment to a believer.