Released from house detention, Mirwaiz visits residences of slain militants, civilian

Srinagar

Authorities on Monday released Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq from the house detention.

Mirwaiz was released after a three-week long house detention on Monday and he went to the houses of the slain civilian Rayees Ahmad and two militants who were killed in the Fateh kadal gunfight.

Taking to social networking site Twitter, Mirwaiz posted pictures of the families and said that: After a three-week house detention ended, had an opportunity to visit and condole the family members of slain civilian Rayees Ahmad Sofi and two militants Mehraj u din and Fahad Fayaz. The determination and conviction gave power. The pure blood of our martyrs won’t go waste, Insha Allah. (translation)

Meanwhile, the Hurriyat (M) statement said that soon after his release of three weeks of house detention, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq visited the residences of three recently killed militants in downtown Srinagar including Mehrajudin Bangroo  and Rayees Ahmed Sofi of Fateh Kadal and Faid Mushtaq Waza of Khanyar and expressed his condolences and solidarity  with the bereaved  families. Consoling the grieving families Mirwaiz said that Kashmir is in the grip of forcible control and these “martyrs” were “martyred” on the path of defending truth and Seeking justice for their “oppressed” people. Had GOI honored its commitment to the people of Kashmir instead of subjugating them by force,  no youth would feel forced to resort to arms to resist oppression and painfully lay down his life.

In a statement, a spokesman said that emotional scenes were witnessed when Mirwaiz met the families who were putting up in their neighbors’ house as their home was blasted and completely devastated by the forces. His aged father broke down when he narrated how his son was first severely tortured and then brutally shot dead by the forces, his young wife still in shock unable to talk with her one-year-old son tugging at her. The spokesman said everyone including the Mirwaiz could not hold their tears seeing a little boy with his young mother. Similar pain and grief was witnessed at the house of Mehrajudin Bangroo and Faid Mushtaq Waza.

Mirwaiz said that unless Kashmir dispute is resolved in its historic perspective, based on fundamental principles of democracy, and not diluted and suppressed through “military might”, no peace in the region could be achieved and it will continue to pose a major threat for entire South Asia. Mirwaiz suggested to GoI to understand the realities on the ground and people’s overwhelmingly sentiment and initiate a process of conflict resolution rather than maintain the oppressive status quo

Meanwhile, APHC spokesman strongly condemned the use of brute forces against the peaceful protestors in Sopore area of Baramulla stating that an all-out war has been declared against the people of Kashmir where there is no scope for even peaceful protests and the move deserves all forms of condemnation.

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