In occupied Kashmir, top resistance leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have paid tributes to the eight youth who were killed in the firing of Indian forces on protesters during polling for sham Indian parliamentary elections in central Kashmir on Sunday. The leaders said that pro-India Peoples Democratic Party and National Conference were responsible for the bloodshed.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar said that deceitful politics of NC and PDP was now over and sooner they winded up their shops was better for them. He termed Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah as swindlers now shedding crocodile tears over these killings.
Referring to an earlier statement of Mehbooba Mufti, Syed Ali Gilani’s spokesman said, “Mehbooba is playing deceit and lamentation over these killings is just a mockery and political gimmick.” Holding National Conference responsible for present chaos in the territory, the spokesman said they share the responsibility for continued killings. “It was Farooq Abdullah, who in 1996 raised police task force and thousands of innocents were either killed or disappeared during custody,” the statement added. “In 2010, during Omer Abdullah’s administration, hundreds of innocent youngsters were massacred. It is disheartening that till now he never regretted about these killings nor was any culprit brought to book.”
The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while paying tributes to the martyred youth, in a statement said, India is “killing our youth for sport”. He said, “It is getting clear by the day that the current dispensation in Delhi has decided to adopt a repressive military approach in dealing with the political and human problem of Kashmir.” Local collaborators have lost all sense of shame and sensitivity to the pain, suffering and sacrifices of the people of Kashmir, he said, adding, “The people of Kashmir by rejecting the election drama sent an absolutely clear message to Delhi and the world that their goal is the right to self-determination and nothing else.”
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik in his statement from jail termed the exemplary boycott as a referendum, saying that the 5% theory of Mehbooba Mufti had come true but with one big correction that even 5% Kashmiris are not with India. “Kashmiris cannot be forced into submission by this killing spree, maiming and other oppressive measures,” Malik said. “Frustrated by the exemplary boycott and peaceful protest across Valley against this drama, soldiers and police at the behest of so-called rulers fired upon many innocent youth at various places and killed and injured many of them,” he deplored.
“For staging drama of elections, the so-called rulers have caged thousands of young and old in Kashmir, put restrictions and blockades and even banned internet but despite all these suppressive tactics, people of Kashmir paying reverence to their martyrs and sacrifices boycotted this drama and proved that Kashmiris only want freedom from illegal control of India,” he added.
Indian forces’ personnel had killed Aqeel Ahmad Wani, Adil Farooq Sheikh, Shabbir Ahmad Butt, Faizan Ahmad, Muhammad Abbas, Nisar Ahmad, Amir Bashir Malla and Umar Farooq on Sunday.—KMS