‘Bloodshed in Kashmir due to lingering dispute’
Srinagar: The pro-freedom camp Thursday paid tributes to the slain civilian and two militants killed in an encounter with the government forces at Fateh Kadal area of Srinagar city.
A top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander, Mehraj-ud-Din Bangroo, was among four persons killed in a fierce gunfight in Srinagar’s downtown on Wednesday. Bangroo’s fellow militant Fahad Mushtaq Waza, a resident of Khanyar, a civilian Rayees Ahmad Sofi of Fateh Kadal and a police constable were the three other persons killed.
The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani paying tributes to the slain civilian and militants, in a statement said: “Our youth lay their lives for right to self-determination. We will never allow any body to barter with the precious blood of martyrs. We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safe guard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove harmful for our movement.”
Geelani also expressed concern over the human rights violations and condemned the use of force against the civil population.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat chairman condemned the police action against media men said that journalists were performing their professional duties and there was no legal or moral justification for thrashing them. “The authorities are trampling all ethics and have imposed restrictions on right to expression,” Hurriyat chairman said.
The statement said in is telephonic address to the mourners of the slain militant Showkat Ahmad Bhat of Padgampora Pulwama, the Hurriyat chairman said that “New Delhi is suffering from arrogance of power and is using an imperialistic attitude in Jammu and Kashmir to crush our movement of right to self-determination
Geelani appealed to United Nations to initiate an action against these killings.
The Hurriyat Conference (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while paying tributes to the slain, said the killing spree and the intense wave of unabated human rights violations is “highly condemnable”.
“New Delhi instead of accepting the ground realities is selectively killing the youth,” the Hurriyat chairman said in a statement.
It further said that Mirwaiz spoke to the parents of slain and expressed solidarity.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat spokesman condemned the police assault on journalists.
Jamaat-e-Islami paying tributes to the slain, said: “The killing of a civilian is condemnable and all those personnel involved deserve a punishment.”
“If the long pending issue of Kashmir is resolved as per the aspirations of the people, the south-Asian region will become an abode of peace and progress,” the statement said.
Jamaat asks the International Community and the human rights bodies to come forward and adopt the measures for the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
The Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) spokesperson Rifat Fatima in a statement paying tributes to the slain, said: “We have to continue our struggle and have to remain steadfast in our resolve.”
The pro-freedom party also paid tributes to the slain Pulwama militant -Showkat Ahmad Bhat.
The Muslim League led by Masarat Alam Bhat paying tributes to the slain civilian and militants said that it was because of the lingering Kashmir issue, the region is witnessing blooshed each passing day.
The spokesperson of League Sajad Ayobi in a statement said that a high level delegation headed by Mohammad Rafiq Ganie visited Fateh kadal and expressed sympathy with the bereaved family of Bangroo and Rayees.
Ganie on the occasion, according to the statement, said: “All these martyrs had conveyed a message that the Kashmiri people would never surrender despite excesses.”
“Although we are grieved at the loss of our brave hearts, but the purpose for which they sacrificed their lives will yield results very soon. The dawn of freedom will rise very soon,” Ganai said.
He reiterated the pledge to take their mission to its logical end.
He termed the fresh wave of arrest spree of Hurriyat leaders as a part of “political vendetta” and said that the authorities are leaving no stone unturned to crush every voice of dissent.
The Awami Action Committee (AAC) in a statement said, “The sacrifices given by our youth are priceless assets and it is our collective obligation to uphold and stay committed to the cause.”
Expressed solidarity with the family of Raees Sofi, a front-runner activist of the AAC, the statement said: “Sofi has rendered a lot of sacrifices for the cause of right to self-determination.”
“The killing and arrest spree, lodging political prisoners outside state reflects the fact that J&K has become a police state where political, religious and human rights have been crushed,” the AAC spokesperson said.
The statement also condemned the continuous detention of resistance leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and others.