Srinagar: The pro-freedom camp Saturday condemned the killing of a youth in Budgam and a girl in Kulgam, and in a statement slammed the world’s silence for turning bling eye over Kashmir right violations.
A 14-year-old girl – Muskan Jan of Wangud- Qaimoh , was critically injured in a shootout in Khudwani area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Thursday morning succumbed Saturday. While in another incident, Ishfaq Ahamd Ganaiwas critically injured by gunfire near an army camp in Chhatargam area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday evening. He died later in a Srinagar hospital.
Those who denounced these killings included Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Mumammad Yasin Malik, Jama’at-e-Islami, Muslim League and Freedom Party.
TeH chairman expressed “grief and shock” over the civilian killings and in a statement said that “the forces have once again proved that they can kill at their will as they continued to enjoy impunity through the laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)”.
“It is shame that the Indian rights activists, humanists and civil society members have turned dumb and blind over the human rights violations in Kashmir,” Sehrai said.
He said the hearts of every Kashmiri is bleeding “as youth are being continuously killed on one pretext or the other”.
“The ultimate repression is being unleashed on the innocent people of Kashmir with a sole aim of breaking their resolve towards the freedom movement,” the pro-freedom leader said. “The people of Kashmir are associated with a great and sacred cause and that the repressive measures can’t cow down people nor the resistance leadership into a submission.”
Terming the ongoing killing spree as “worst kind of cruelty”, Yasin Malik in a statement said that “after killing humans at will, the forces come up with excuses to justify their acts”.
“When a person equipped with arms and ammunition is given immunity and legal shield and ordered to kill anyone coming his way, he is bound to turn beastly and into a killing machine,” Malik said.
The JKLF chairman while expressing his solidarity with the bereaved families, prayed for their heavenly abode.
The statement further said that JKLF also paid tributes to Kashmiris including Azad Ahmad Malik, Basit Mir, Firdous Ahmad, Shahid Bashir, Anees Shafi and Aatif Ahmad killed at Bijbihara in south Kashmir. While paying, JKLF said that “the blood of these martyrs will go never in vain. The JKLF delegation visited the bereaved families of these slain and expressed solidarity with them, the statement said.
The Jama’at-e-Islami while condemning the killings, in a statement said that “the forces have free license to kill or injure any Kashmiri at their will as they enjoy immunity under Armed Forces Special Powers Act”.
“This law stands in force only in Kashmir to suppress the genuine voice of the oppressed people who have been forcibly subjugated against their will,” the spokesperson of Jama’at said.
The silence of the international organizations and human rights bodies “is most regrettable,” he said.
Jama’at demands impartial probe into these killings, the statement reads.
The Muslim League spokesman Sajad Ayoubi in a statement said that “the forces, laced with unbridled powers and impunity under the cover of black laws, are killing Kashmiris whenever and wherever they wish to, as has been witnessed in the last three decades”.
“Since there is no accountability, thousands of Kashmiris have been killed in cold,” Ayoubi said.
Questioning the “criminal” silence adopted by the world human rights bodies, he said that instead of building pressure on New Delhi to resolve the conflict, “they prefer to remain silent, which is extremely unfortunate.”
The spokesperson further said that a delegation of Muslim League visited Magraypora Budgam and participated in the last rites of Ishfaq Ahmad and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
The Freedom Party spokesperson in a statement said that “Kashmiris are being wiped out and the whole world is mute”.
He reiterated that world has to listen to the just demand of the “oppressed Kashmiri people who are steadfastly on path of a struggle to achieve their right to self-determination”.
The Freedom Party also paid tributes to slain militants – Azad Ahmad Malik of Arwani, Unais Shafi of Takiya, Maqbool Shah of Bijbehara, Basit Ishtiyaq of Pushwara Anantnag, Atif Najar of Waghama Bijbehara, Firdous Ahmad of Muchpuna Pulwama and Shahid Bashir of Kawni Awantipora.