SRINAGAR: Chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference – Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq –have condemned the suicide bomb attack on an election rally in Mustang, Baluchistan Pakistan that claimed lives of over 130 people and left over 100 seriously wounded.
Syed Ali Geelani in a statement said those involved in the attack are beastly enemies of the entire humanity.
“It is a well-thought-out conspiracy to defame and malign Pakistan which faces multiple problems and cross border terrorism,” Geelani said and termed it as a result of “deep conspiracy against Pakistan”. “We condemn human killings and whosoever is involved shall face the wrath of Almighty Allah,” Geelani said. “Terrorism in every form and place is condemnable and no religion particularly Islam has any place for actions like these. The people involved in this attack can never be the followers of Islam.”
“Those involved in these heinous attacks are not human beings and we demand exemplary and stringent action against culprits,” he said. “It is the handiwork of cowards and agents to destabilise this country. The authorities in Pakistan must identify the culprits and bring them to book as the country is continuously targeted.”
In a statement, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while condemning the terror attack said terror has no religion.
“The pain of losing loved ones can well be felt by Kashmiris who see the dance of death and who shoulder the coffins of their loved ones almost every day. The people of Kashmir feel pained over the loss of precious lives in Baluchistan terror strike as people of Valley are themselves primary target of worst form of state terrorism,” he said.
Mirwaiz extended his heartfelt condolences to government of Pakistan and its people saying that people of Kashmir and the entire pro-freedom leadership stand with the country in this hour of grief.
Both leaders expressed solidarity with the bereaved families and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.
Meanwhile, commenting over the UN Secretary General António Guterres’ reference to the UNHRC report on human rights situation in Kashmir expressed hope that the world body will take steps and intervene to resolve this long pending issue.
Also a high level delegation of Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference on Saturday visited the residence of Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi at south Kashmir’s Anantnag district and extended condolence to him on the demise of his father.
Meanwhile, on the directions of Mirwaiz, a delegation of the amalgam visited the residences of 12-year-old Andleeb, 20-year-old Irshad Ahmed Lone and 22-year-old Shakir Ahmed Khanday of Hawoora, Kulgam who were recently killed in firing by government forces.
The delegation expressed solidarity with the bereaved families on behalf of the Hurriyat. Mirwaiz also spoke to the parents of all the slain over phone and conveyed his personal condolence.
Mirwaiz said the people of south Kashmir are bearing the brunt of forces’ “aggression” and “oppression” as people there have been left at the mercy of forces. The delegation also visited many areas of Kulgam and met the dozens of people injured in forces’ firing recently, and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
It also visited the residence of senior amalgam leader Mukhtar Ahmed Sofi whose father passed away and offered deepest condolences.