Slams int’l community’s ‘criminal silence’ for ignoring HR violations
Srinagar: A delegation of Awami Action Committee (AAC) on Saturday visited the residence of slain civilian – Muhammad Saleem Malik at Noorbagh here who was killed during the search operation and expressed solidarity to the bereaved family.
“On the directions of ACC chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq,” the statement said, “the leaders of the party including Muhstaq Sufi, Peer Ghulam Nabi, Muhamamd Yousuf Bhat and Muhammmad Sidiq Hazar offered fatiah prayers for the slain and extended sympathy to the bereaved family.”
The delegation, it said, conveyed the condolence message from AAC patron to slain Saleem’s father. “The forces are killing our youth under the garb of armed forces special power act (AFSPA) and other powers granted to them,” the delegation said.
The statement further said that AAC denounced the “harassment” of political leaders and activists ahead of local body polls in the state. “The fact remains that people of Kashmir have already rejected the election,” it reads.
The AAC also rued the alleged torching of house of slain militant Sameer Ahmed Bhat by the forces, and called it “highly undemocratic” and “unjustified” deserving strongest form of condemnation.
The AAC also expressed serious concern over the “criminal silence” adopted by the world community over human rights violations in Kashmir and said people of Kashmir – despite repression – “are committed to achieve their right to self-determination”.