#Day 26: ‘Land of Buddha, Ashoka, Gandhi Massacring Innocent People,’ says Mirwaiz



Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led a Sit-In protest outside his besieged residence at Nigeen on Wednesday.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq led a Sit-In protest outside his besieged residence at Nigeen on Wednesday.

Strongly criticising the silence of United Nations with regard to continuous killing of innocent civilians the latest being the gruesome murder of 24-year-old Riyaz Ahmad Shah of Chattabal with so-called “non-lethal pellet guns” and Farooq Ahmad Kuchay of Lethpora in indiscriminate firing besides critical injuries to dozens others, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (m) Chairperson, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday termed these acts as “naked barbarism and  state terrorism of the worst kind”.

“If the UN cannot stop the killing of the oppressed weak by the powerful and influential oppressor it should close shop or announce that it is an organisation of the powerful and influential and for the powerful and influential and those that do not fall is this league cease to exist for them,” Mirwaiz said.

The APHC-m Chairperson, who continues to be under house arrest for past 26 days, while talking to Riyaz’s father and his bereaved family over phone, amid teary eyes consoled the family and paid glowing tributes to Riyaz and said, “martyrs live forever in the collective conscience of their nation and it is from them that a nation struggling for freedom and justice derives its inspiration and strength.”

Saluting the sacrifices of tens of thousands of people who have offered their lives “for the cause for which the nation is once again striving and suffering he said that peoples resolve Insha Allah will bear fruit”.

Mirwaiz said, “it is sad that the land of Buddha, Ashoka and Gandhi who propagated Ahimsa and whose people pride themselves of this legacy, is carrying out massacre of innocents so unapologetically. Today even those in India who call themselves the champions of human rights or the civil society are maintaining a criminal silence.”

Warning that the spark neglected in Kashmir could turn into a dangerous ammunition dump for entire South Asia, he said peaceful public protests were continuing in south and north Kashmir and every nook and corer of the Valley and people were raising “pro-Azadi and pro-Islam slogans despite curfew, restrictions and curbs with the freedom-loving people in general and youth, children and womenfolk in particular making their pro-freedom aspirations known”.

The APHC-m chief said today entire world was witness to the fact that people of Kashmir themselves were “carrying forward their resistance movement and when people stand up for their basic right of right to self-determination, nobody on the earth had the power to stop them”.

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