Octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday paid tributes to “martyrs of Zakura & Tengpora massacres” and said their sacrifices can never be forgotten.
In a statement issued here, Geelani demanded impartial proceedings under War Crimes Tribunal of the United Nations against the Indian troops involved in the massacres of Zakura, Tengpora and other killings during the past twenty-seven years in the territory.
He said that Jammu and Kashmir has become the most militarized zone in the world and the troops have been involved in the killing of innocent people since 1990.
“Till now no enquiry was initiated against culprits nor anyone involved in these heinous and inhuman crimes was brought to book,” said Geelani.
Geelani while referring to Zakura & Tengpora massacres, said the blood of these martyrs will not be allowed to go waste & nation will never forget the sacrifices rendered by martyrs of these heart-wrenching massacres. “They are our hero’s and their sacrifices are part of our history,” said Geelani.
“Martyrs sacrificed their future for us and now we are duty bound to safeguard these sacrifices and pursue their mission. The best tribute towards them is that we should refrain from such actions which may damage our mission,” said Geelani.
“Since 1990, our freedom movement gained momentum and our brave hearts are challenging India and its hegemony,” said Geelani.
Referring to involvement of Indian forces in “gruesome” killings, Geelani said that Indian forces to suppress our aspirations are taking revenge from innocent and unarmed civilians and thousands lost their lives during forces excesses.
Geelani while referring to countless massacres, said that in every nook & corner of state, hundreds of people were brutally killed in such “heart wrenching episodes”.
Geelani said that Indian forces and its agencies are involved in these “massacres” and there seems to be no let up till date.
“Nobody involved in these killings was brought to book, punished or arrested and are roaming free,” said Geelani and while ridiculing international community for their pathetic approach and indifference towards people of Jammu and Kashmir, said that “they have turned their blind eye to all these gruesome happenings”.
Geelani in his appeal to United Nations sought help and asked International community to come to the rescue and help to stop genocide and initiate action against preparators of these massacres, likewise as was initiated against Serb militia in Bosnia Herzegovina.
People in J&K are aggrieved over indifference from United Nation, said Geelani & demanded probe in all killings and punishment to those involved in heinous crimes.