Decries excessive use of force against protesters
Srinagar: The pro-freedom camp on Thursday paid tributes to the militants killed in an encounter with government forces in south Kashmir’s Tral and in a statement said it was because of the priceless sacrifices of Kashmiri youth that the ongoing struggle has entered into a decisive phase.
Three militants were killed in a day-long gunfight in Tral area of Pulwama district on Thursday, even as several civilians were injured in ensuing clashes.
Those who paid homage included Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chief Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai.
Geelani in a statement said: “These brave youth are sacrificing their today for the freedom of our land.”
Condemning the police action against the protestors, the resistance leader stated that “government forces in one hand kill our youth and on the other hand use brute force who protest against these killings”.
People are facing extreme situations and “during and after these encounters,” he said, “the civilian populations are subjected to arbitrary measures and un-proportionate military might.”
Expressing deep concern over prevailing situations in the state, Geelani said that virtually authorities have changed state into a “battlefield”.
“It is the stubborn attitude of New Delhi that precious lives are being snatched every day,” he added.
Hurriyat chairman said that their denial and unconcern “is the sole reason for this unabated bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir”, and reiterating his stand that the UN resolutions guarantee the peaceful and amicable solution of this long-standing dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Hurriyat (M) spokesman in a statement while paying tributes to the slain, said that “the government through its repressive policies is pushing the Kashmiri youth towards the wall leaving them with the no option other than to resort to armed means of resistance”.
“These oppressive measures,” he said, “can’t break the resolve of people who are fighting for their legitimate rights,” adding “New Delhi cannot misguide the world community any more about the basic ground realities in Kashmir”.
The spokesman condemned the use of excessive force against the peaceful protestors in Tral stating that at least a dozen youth sustained pellet injuries as forces fire pellets, tear gas and pava shells to break the peaceful procession. “The forces are enjoying unbridled powers under black laws as they know that they won’t be held accountable for their wrongdoings and with the result, Kashmiris are subjected to a worst form of torture and thrashing during peaceful protests.”
Slamming authorities, he said “bloodbath of Kashmiri people, especially youth, have become everyday affair in Kashmir, while as serious attempts are made to divert the attention of world community”.
The amalgam also denounced the frequent cordon and search operations launched in south Kashmir’s Shangus, Anantnag, Keller Pulwama “where in forces conducted door to door searches resulting in the tremendous hardships for the people in the bone chilling cold”.
TeH chief in a statement said: “Since past three decades, our nation while nourishing freedom movement and demanding their right to self-determination, has presented huge sacrifices and the entire nation is indebted to these martyrs for their ultimate sacrifice.”
Kashmir could not be the exception to the international commitment to protect civilians from “atrocities”, he added.
“We are witnessing a deeply troubling breakdown in humanity and diminishing respect for human life and dignity,” he said. “Kashmiri people have become victims of unimaginable atrocities.”
Sehrai urged the international community to take concrete measures to reverse the current course of the conflict. “We call on the UN/UNSC to swiftly uphold its Charter duties and the integrity and authority of its resolutions in light of the violations and provocations against the rights and legitimate aspirations of the Kashmiri people,” he said.