Targeted killings of Pandits, non-locals condemned


In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, several religious leaders at a meeting in Srinagar passed a joint resolution, saying that plurality is a basic and fundamental fact of Kashmiri society and everyone has to understand this pluralistic nature of the Kashmiri society.

The resolution unanimously condemned the targeted killings of Pandit community members and non-locals. The religious leaders expressed solidarity with them, a statement said.

The leaders urged for unity among communities to thwart evil designs of the vested interest and called for interfaith dialogue across Kashmir to bridge the gaps.

The resolution also called for the early release of senior APHC leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq from illegal house detention.

Grand mufti Nasir-ul-Islam termed the killing of minority members an act of cowardice. “We condemn such acts and appeal to people to maintain brotherhood and defeat these evil designs,” he said.

The civil society in Kashmir termed the targeted killing of innocent persons an assault on universal human values. “We appeal to all the people in Kashmir to strongly condemn such acts and extend full support and cooperation to the employees from the minority community for their security and protection,” the Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC), a valley-based civil society body comprising former bureaucrats, academicians and retired judges, said

The Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), the top traders’ body in the Valley, termed the bloodshed of innocent civilians as unacceptable and against humanity.—KMS