Separatists condemn Pattan killings, call for valley-wide shutdown


Srinagar: The pro-freedom leaders Tuesday condemned the “gruesome and barbaric” killings of three militants whose bullet-riddled bodies were found in an orchard in Pattan and called for a shutdown in valley tomorrow.

The chairman of Hurriyat (G) and veteran pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani termed the murder of the trio as brutal and barbaric and called for Kashmir ‘Bandh’ against these killings. “Even if nothing is clearly known about these killings but on seeing the circumstances and the ways of the killing, we cannot rule out the hands of the government forces into the incident,” Geelani said in a press statement.

Geelani ignored the police version that the killings were a result of inter-militant group clashes.

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik also condemned the mysterious killings. “These kinds of inhuman and barbaric killings have no place in civilized societies,” Malik said.

He appealed people of Kashmir to observe a complete shutdown against these brutal killings on Wednesday. “Kashmiris as a living nation will protest against these killings and convey to the forces of darkness and oppression that such heinous crimes will not be tolerated by this living nation,” he said..

Condemning the “brutal” killings in Pattan, the Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq also called for complete shutdown today. 

Expressing serious concern and anguish over the inhuman killing of three youth in Pattan, the Democratic Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah and Hurriyat (G) leader called for complete shutdown on Wednesday.

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