More Muslims Killed In Kashmir By Militants

27 October 2009
Bernama
P. Vijian

New Delhi: More Muslims have been killed in Kashmir which has been plagued by militancy over the last two decades, said a senior Indian minister. Indian Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, a Kashmiri himself and former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir said 14,808 Muslims lost their lives while 1,748 Hindus and 115 Sikhs were killed during the rein of militancy in the state since 1989. 'Two decades of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir have killed far more Muslims than people of other communities. Terrorist activities have led to destruction, deprivation and wrecked the socio-economic situation, marred the education, health and communication sectors, and played havoc with tourism sector. 'As it happens in all militancy affected areas, the common man is the real sufferer. A Kashmiri stands hapless today, witnessing his own destruction mutely,' Ghulam said Tuesday. He was speaking at the 2nd International Conference on 'Terrorism - National and International' organised by the Jama Masjid United Forum, a social movement that strongly denounces terrorism. Several armed separatist militant groups had helped foment violent terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir, which had crippled the picturesque valley for years. Although it has come under control in recent years, sporadic militant attacks continue to risk the valley's peace and security. 'The acts of terrorism across the globe underscore terrorism as a global threat that transcends borders and religions and is not linked to any specific sect, religion or creed,' he added.