‘War Unleashed on People of Kashmir’

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Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday made a fervent appeal to the United Nations, UNHRC, ICJ, and other international human rights bodies to play their role in preventing what he called ‘heinous war crimes against Kashmiri civilians’.

Addressing the Friday congregation at city’s historic Grand Mosque Mirwaiz said that Kashmiri people were being subject to worst forms of state atrocities over the past 30 years in particular with impunity and there is hardly any method of repression which has been left unused against people here. 

“All this because we are demanding our fundamental right to decide our destiny”, Mirwaiz said.

Referring to the incident that took place in Budgam district on April 9, Mirwaiz said that Farooq Ahmed Dar who was a passerby was grabbed by the forces beaten up ruthlessly with hands tied behind and then tied to the bonnet of jeep with the sign “I am a stone pelter” hung around his neck and paraded through various villages to the shock and horror of the locals. Mirwaiz alleged that the captive civilian was even denied water and was later tied to a tree in the CRPF camp before being released. 

Mirwaiz said that the whole episode was no spur of the moment decision as claimed by the guilty major. He alleged that it was a well thought out idea because, if according to the major, it was to save his team from stone pelting why was Farooq Ahmed paraded for seven long hours through over a dozen villages?, Mirwaiz questioned. 

“The objective of this incident was two fold”, he claimed, “revenge and retribution from the locals and to send a clear and stern message to the people of Kashmir that this is how they will be treated if they dare to stand up for their rights”. 

Moderate Hurriyat leader said that “by felicitating the army officer for this anti-human act the Government of India and its army chief have blurred the lines between a fascist regime and a so-called democratic one and shamed those Indians and people of the world who are shocked and appalled by this military approach to deal with a people’s movement”.

Mirwaiz termed the silence maintained by the pro-India local partner of the ruling regime—PDP as criminal and shameful and said they are equally accountable for the inhumanity and cruelty inflicted upon the people of Kashmir.

Mirwaiz said that despite the fact that authorities have ‘declared war’ and are using no holds barred brute force against innocent students, young boys and girls are hitting the streets in uniforms demanding only their basic birthright, which is right to self-determination. 

Mirwaiz also led a pro-freedom march after Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid against honoring of Army major in which many resistance leaders and youth participated. 

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