Strongly condemning the barbaric killing of a youth ‘in custody’ and use of brutal force on the protesters who were protesting against the killing of the youth by the government forces, the chairman APHC (M) Mirwaiz Dr Molvi Muhammad Umar Farooq Friday led a massive protests rally from historic Jamia Masjid during which he demanded immediate revocation of draconian laws including AFSPA, release of political prisoners, and bringing to justice the culprit forces personnel involved in the killing of Tral youth.
He also stressed upon the international community to break the silence and speak against the oppression being perpetrated upon the people of Kashmir by the Indian forces, an amalgam statement said.
“During the protest rally, the people raised pro-freedom slogans while registering strong protest against black laws and killing of unarmed civilians by the men in uniform,” the statement said.
“Before the rally, while addressing a Friday congregation at historical Jamia Masjid Mirwaiz said the claims of government’s zero tolerance towards human rights violations have proven to be an utter lie,” the statement informed.
“Just for the sake of government formation, the PDP made tall claims of revoking AFSPA, putting on trial forces personnel involved in the killing of unarmed Kashmiris, and release of political prisoners from jails, adding, the truth was that PDP has kneeled before BJP’s extremist agenda on Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said. He said under the garb of democracy, dictatorship was being practiced to rule and oppress the people of state of Jammu and Kashmir, the statement said.
Mirwaiz said thousands of incidents like Tral have taken place in past 25 years during which thousands of people lost their lives. He said the current incidents like Tral have reinforced the notion that human lives were not safe in Kashmir. He said that by labelling Kashmiris as terrorists, their right to life was snatched from them and their property was being destroyed.
Appealing international human rights organizations including UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and others to break their silence to end the state sponsored oppression on Kashmiris, Mirwaiz said that the Kashmir continues to be a “police state and the rights of the people were being usurped by dint military force and coercion”. “It was the moral responsibility of rights organizations to raise their voice against the state sponsored terrorism.”
Demanding that accused involved in the killing of Tral youth be brought to justice, peacenik Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that black laws like AFSPA provide immunity to soldiers to “kill the people on will and thus legitimizes their crimes”.
He demanded the release of all political prisoners lodged in jails within and outside Kashmir, adding, many of the prisoners have been acquitted by the courts, but despite their release orders, government continues to keep them behind bars and deny their relatives meeting them.