SRINAGAR: Soon after his release from house detention, Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday visited the residences of three recently slain youth in downtown Srinagar – Mehrajudin Bangroo and Rayees Ahmed Sofi of Fateh Kadal and Faid Mushtaq Waza of Khanyar – and expressed condolence and solidarity with the bereaved families.
A statement issued here said Mirwaiz while consoling the grieved families said, “Kashmir is in the grip of forcible control and these youth were martyred on the path of defending truth and seeking justice for their oppressed people.”
“Had GoI honoured its commitment to the people of Kashmir instead of subjugating them by force, no youth would feel forced to resort to arms to resist oppression and painfully lay down his life,” he said.
The statement said that emotional scenes were witnessed when Mirwaiz met Rayees Ahmed Sofi’s family who are putting up in their neighbour’s house as theirs was blasted and completely devastated in the gunfight.
“His (Rayees’s) aged father broke down when he narrated how his son was first severely tortured and then brutally shot dead by forces, his young wife still in shock unable to talk with her one-year-old son tugging at her,” the statement said. “Everyone including Mirwaiz could not hold their tears seeing the little boy with his young mother. Similar pain and grief was witnessed at the house of Mehrajudin Bangroo and Faid Mushtaq Waza.”
Talking to people present at Fateh Kadal, Mirwaiz said, “Seeing the patience, resilience and courage of the families of the martyrs, no power on earth can stop people of Kashmir from achieving their birth right to decide their destiny. We have faith that InshaAllah the supreme sacrifices being offered by the youth and people of all ages across Kashmir will bear fruit.”
Miwaiz said unless Kashmir dispute is resolved in its historic perspective, based on fundamental principles of democracy, and not diluted and suppressed through military might, no peace in the region could be achieved and it will continue to pose a major threat for the entire South Asia.
He suggested to GoI to understand the realities on ground and people’s overwhelming sentiment and initiate a process of conflict resolution rather than maintaining the “oppressive” status quo.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the amalgam strongly condemned the use of “brute” force against the peaceful protestors in Sopore area of Baramulla saying that an all out war has been declared against the people of Kashmir where there is no scope for even peaceful protests. The move deserves all forms of condemnation, he said.