Srinagar: Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday criticised Northern Army Commander Lt. Gen Ranbir Singh for his remarks terming 2018 as a “remarkable year” for the force for killing 250 militants.
“The statement of Army (commander) that 2018 was a remarkable year for them in Kashmir as they killed over 250 militants is extremely unfortunate and inhuman,” the Mirwaiz told a Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here, according to the statement.
“It is strange that a well-trained armed force meant to fight another well-trained armed force is celebrating and patting its back on killing young men and boys, some as young as 14, while some budding intellectuals and academics, and calling it remarkable!,” he said.
Hurriyat chairman further said: “These that they are boasting of killing are not some hard-core armed guerrillas and terror mongers, but sentiment driven youth forced to take to arms as a consequence of severe repression due to forcible control and what they ( youth) feel, failure of political means to express what is essentially a political demand for self-determination.”
The pain and loss that all of Kashmir feels “at their martyrdom”, he stated, “only adds to people’s resolve and pushes more young to join in”.
Instead of admitting this, Mirwaiz said, “the armed force of a country that prides itself in the history of its freedom struggle sells the killing of these armed youth as a great achievement to people of India.”
Mirwaiz further said that while the incumbent governor has said that “Government does not want to kill militants but militancy, then they should address the cause that is leading these educated and young boys to take to up the arms”.