In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have condemned the brutal murder of a prominent lawyer, Babar Qadri, by unknown gunmen in Hawal area of Srinagar, yesterday.
The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar expressed shock and grief over the killing of Babar Qadri. It maintained that as the Kashmir dispute lingers another precious life falls prey to it.
The forum reiterated that peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute is the only way to ensure that precious human lives are saved from getting consumed in it. It also condemned the continued witch-hunt of youth, traders, families of Hurriyat leaders and activists and others by Indian troops and police in IIOJK.
Senior Hurriyat leader, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, in a statement issued in Srinagar, paying tributes to social activist and well-known advocate, Babar Qadri, said that he was a strong supporter of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.
He said that Babar Qadri represented the oppressed Kashmiris in various forums.
The Chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo, along with his colleagues visited the residence of Advocate Babar Qadri on Friday and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family. Addressing a gathering of mourners on the occasion, Untoo said the Kashmiris are being killed at will and these killings are being put into the account of unknown gunmen, whose identity has never been unveiled.
“The common people and families of the persons, who fall prey to the bullets of unknown gunmen, never get answers regarding the hand and cause involved in and are thus forced to live in a state life-long trauma,” he said. Untoo said, this must stop and it is the responsibility of the authorities to unveil these hidden killers and bring to fore the reason behind such killings.
The Chairman of Islami Tanzeem-e-Azadi Jammu and Kashmir, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced in strong terms the killing of the lawyer. He expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.—KMS