Omar, Mehbooba, Sajjad Condemn Pulwama Killings

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SRINAGAR —  Mainstream political leaders in Kashmir condemned the killing of civilians in forces’ action during an encounter in Pulwama district Saturday,

This Is Massacre: Omar

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah and national conference vice president termed killing of seven civilians as a ‘massacre’. “7 dead. There is no explanation for this excessive use of force, none what so ever. This is a massacre & that’s the only way to describe it,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.

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No Country can win war by killing own people: Mehbooba

Former Chief Minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said no country can win a war by killing its own people.

“How long are we going to shoulder the coffins of our youngsters? So many civilians killed today post encounter in Pulwama. No country can win a war by killing its own people. I strongly condemn these killings , and once again appeal for efforts , to stop this blood bath,” PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti said.

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“No probe enough to bring back the dead innocent civilians.South Kashmir has been reeling under fear for the last 6 months, Is  this what was expected from Gov rule? The admin has failed in securing civilian lives. Deepest condolences to the bereaved,” she said in another tweet.

Can’t Afford State Of Impunity, Time For Heads To Roll: Sajjad  

Sajjad Lone led peoples conference, an ally of BJP in erstwhile coalition with PDP in the state, called for action against those responsible, underling  that “we can’t afford a state of impunity.”

Taking Twitter, Lone said: ‘It is time for heads to roll. We can’t afford a state of impunity.’

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He said the preparedness of security forces would in the Pulwama context be the ability to make the distinction between combatants and non-combatants. “If u end up killing 7 civilians in order to kill 3 militants. It is time for heads to roll. We can’t afford a state of impunity,” Lone added. Seven civilians were killed and nearly 50 others injured in government forces action in Pulwama on Saturday.

 

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