Hurriyat (M) to hold sit-in outside UNMOGIP office today; Geelani calls for strike in Kulgam, Valley-wide protests
Separatist leaders Friday strongly condemned the killing of a civilian Tariq Ahmad in alleged Army firing at Chenigam village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district and urged people to register their protest against it.
Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said “the killing of yet another youth by trigger-happy forces is barbaric.”
“Our innocent youth are being killed under a conspiracy to crush the ongoing movement for right to self-determination. The Indian forces and police have been empowered to kill Kashmiris. I strongly condemn the killing of Kulgam youth and appeal people to stage protests against it on Saturday and also urge the people of Kulgam to observe complete shutdown on Saturday,” Geelani said.
Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq also condemned the killing and announced that the conglomerate will hold sit-in outside the UNMOGIP office at Sonwar here.
“Hurriyat leaders and activists will assemble on Saturday (November 15) at the UNMOGIP office at 2 pm and hold a sit-in to bring into focus these killings and urge the international community to take cognizance of these killings and pressure India to put an end to these barbaric acts which have become the order of the day,” Mirwaiz said.
“In less than two weeks, we have witnessed the brutal killing of three young boys by the Indian forces. The armed forces operating in the climate of impunity have become reckless and are on a killing spree. Repeatedly, the state forces get away with these murderous acts while the authorities announce customary investigations which are an eye-wash. We regret the complete apathy of the Indian civil society and the International community towards these recurrent killings of innocent civilians,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has also condemned the killing. “The killing has reopened wounds of Chattergam. We strongly condemn it,” JKLF spokesman said in a statement.
Senior leader of Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir and Chairman Democratic Freedom Party Shabir Ahmad Shah also condemned the killing.
“On one side Army highlighted the Machil sentence and on the other they killed an innocent civilian in Kulgam,” he said.