No tolerance to oppression: APHC
In occupied Kashmir, all segments of the society including resistance leaders and organizations while strongly condemning the use of brute force on students have termed it the worst form of state terrorism unleashed by India against civilians and student community in the territory.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “There is simmering lava against Indian state terrorism and excesses perpetrated by Indian army and police. We won’t tolerate this and will resent if not stopped forthwith. Our students’ career is at risk and this is unbearable.”
The APHC Chairman hailing the student community said, “It is encouraging that they in solidarity with their brethren staged peaceful protests. However, Indian forces resorted to brute force against them injuring many including female students.” He asked New Delhi to address the core issue of Kashmir and take steps for its lasting solution instead of employing repressive measures against people.
The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in his statement said that brutal raj of Indian forces and police was prevalent in Kashmir to the extent that the troops and police personnel did not even spare protesting students as they forcibly barged into their educational institutions and fired teargas canisters, showered pellets, and ruthlessly tortured them which was amply displayed in every nook and corner of Kashmir Valley’s educational institutions, as if seeking revenge from the students. He said that the anguish of the students was understandable as they were witnessing repression and barbarity around them. He cautioned that Indian forces had been given a free hand to kill and maim the Kashmiris under any pretext. He also criticized silence of Indian media over the killings in Kashmir.
The Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement said that Indian army and police had crossed every limit of brutality. “Kashmiri students across the valley with one voice staged peaceful protests against this brutality and at various places the oppressive attitude was repeated against peaceful students,” he deplored.
The Chairman of Anjuman Sharie Shian, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, in a statement said, “After facing humiliation in recent so-called parliament elections, India has now pursued brute oppressive policies to suppress the people of Kashmir.”
The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), Aasiya Andrabi, in a statement in Srinagar said that the use brute force against the students inside the college campuses was highly deplorable. She said that the way Indian forces were targeting the innocent students it seemed as it was fight of pen versus the pellets and books versus bullets.
The Jammu and Kashmir National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, in his statement said, New Delhi should realize that Kashmiris are united and demand freedom in one voice. He praised the student community for their valour and resolve.
Hurriyet leaders, Bilal Siddiqui, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Muhammad Shafi Reshi, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Firdous Ahmed Shah and Muhammad Ramzan Khan and Deputy Grand Mufti, Mufti Nasir-Ul-Islam, in their statements said that nowhere in the world students were treated in such brutal manner as was witnessed in occupied Kashmir. They said that present regime was furthering the agenda of RSS in occupied Kashmir.
Kashmir University Teachers’ Association in a statement strongly condemned the use of force on students in college campuses. “Entering of forces into academic campuses is sheer provocation that only triggers hostile situations,” it added.
The Kashmir High Court Bar Association in its statement appealed to all international human rights organizations to initiate action against all those who are responsible in the killing, maiming and blinding of Kashmiri people since 1947.
Private Schools Association of Kashmir, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA), United Jihad Council, All Jammu and Kashmir Panchayat Conference and Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba Kashmir in their statements also condemned the use of force against students in the occupied territory.—Agencies