Demanding an impartial probe into the killings of 36 innocent Sikhs in March 2000, National Front chairman, and Hurriyat (JK) leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan Thursday said that Kashmir has become a land of tragedies only “because of the occupation of army.”
In a statement to KNS while remembering the massacred Sikhs and those who lost their lives while protesting against the killings, Khan said, “Chattisinghpora and Pathribal like tragedies are an eye-opener for international community to imagine the situation of Kashmir which has witnessed countless number of massacres over the years.”
He paid rich tributes to the people killed in Chattisingpora and Pathribal fifteen years before and said that victims are waiting for the international community to act humanly. Pertinently, the Sikhs were killed by unknown persons wearing army uniform in Chattisinghpora area of Anantnag district when then US President, Bill Clinton was in India.
“Forces killed five more innocent persons in Pathribal area of the same district after some days claiming that they were foreign militants involved in Chattisinghpora massacre. However, later investigations revealed that the killed persons were ordinary civilians who were killed by the army personnel in a fake encounter. Though the CBI held Indian forces responsible for the Pathribal killings however, the culprits continue to roam free,” Khan said.
“Kashmiris are being killed, massacred, humiliated and tortured so that they can be made to surrender their political rights. The Indian political leadership is adamant to break the will of the people of Kashmir by hook or by crook,” he alleged. “People like Subramniyam Swami in India are hell bent to communalize the Kashmir dispute that is why they issue provocative statements.”
However, Khan said, “Kashmiri people have and will uphold their ideological identity despite the efforts of Swami like criminal minded people.” He said that international community should take notice of the human rights violations committed by the forces in Kashmir and the irresponsible statements like Swami.