‘Killing spree deeply painful’
Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) Thursday paid tributes to the slain Budgam militants saying “the on-going bloodshed in Kashmir is deeply painful”.
Two militants were killed in a gunfight with the government forces in Zugoo Arizal area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Thursday.
The JRL leaders – Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a statement said “stubbornness of New Delhi has pushed the youth towards the wall who are seeking their legitimate right- the right to self-determination”.
It was because of the lingering Kashmir dispute “that Kashmir is witnessing bloodbath almost every day as the youth are selectively being killed under a planned policy,” the pro-freedom leaders said.
The leadership said, “Despite the killing spree, voices to dissent are getting shriller with every passing day.”
The resistance leaders, the statement said, also expressed concern over the prolonged and “illegal” detention of a number of pro-freedom leaders including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Advocate Shahid-ul- Islam, Altaf Ahmed Fantoosh, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehrajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Shahid Yousuf, businessman Zahoor Watali and women leaders- Asiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen.
“These leaders,” the JRL said, “are even deprived of basic fundamental right of free trial as the hearing is being deliberately delayed with the sole intention of prolonging their detention which is nothing but a pure political vendetta.”
They added that by using the “delaying tactics”, the hearing of their cases has now been postponed to December 5.
“The jail authorities are denying the basic health care facilities to these detainees,” the JRL alleged. They further said it is regrettable that internationally recognized rules of treatment with prisoners in jails are being trampled in a country “who claims to be the largest democracy in the world”.
The JRL urged HR organisations to take notice of the plight of Kashmiri prisoners and get a first-hand account of the “ill-treatment” meted out to them..
The pro-freedom leaders also denounced the NIA notices to the Hurriyat leaders- Aga Syed Al Hassan Al Mousvi, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi and fresh raids on the Kashmiri businessmen stating that “these tactics are a part of a continuous plan to defame the movement and put pressure on the resistance leadership”.