Handwara Killings: Mirwaiz to Lead Rally on Friday



Terming the killing of three persons including a woman in the firing by forces in Handwara on Tuesday and one more person in Drugmulla, Kupwara on Wednesday as the worst form of “state-sponsored” terrorism, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (m) Chairperson, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday said atrocities carried by forces and the brutal force used to deal with the protestors under the grab of  black laws like AFSPA clearly proves the “intentions of the government of India and the rulers of Kashmir” towards the people of Kashmir.

Expressing sympathy and his heart-felt condolences with the families of the youth and woman killed in the firing by forces, Mirwaiz, who has been placed under house arrest since Monday afternoon, said, “the tactics of oppression and suppression cannot weaken the resolve of the people for their just cause and their desire for freedom that they have been striving for.”

Reacting to the statement of the Union Minster for Finance, Arun Jaitley in which he had said that BJP aligned with PDP to fight separatists, the APHC-m Chairperson termed it as a reflection of “an extremist mind”. “Such statements become a source of encouragement for the government forces deployed on ground in Kashmir to carry worst atrocities against the people of Kashmir. It appears that these intentions have already started taking practical shape that could be seen in the killing of the unarmed civilians in the past two days.”

“The people of Kashmir and the resistance leadership, who have been striving for their rights for the past several decades cannot be silenced by oppressive tactics and brutal force,” he said.

Stressing that Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute, Mirwaiz called upon the Indian leadership to realize the basic reality that  issues like Kashmir cannot be dealt with extremist and oppressive measures but by showing flexibility and moving forward in a sensible manner.

Mirwaiz appealed the people of Kashmir to hold protest demonstrations on Friday 15th April to protest against killings in North Kashmir and has called Imams, Khateebees to guide and lead these protests.

He said that he will personally lead a protest rally in Nowhatta Srinagar after the Friday congregational prayers against the civilian killings of north Kashmir.


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