August 2017 News

Mirwaiz Warns Of Sustained Protests If Killings By Forces Continue In Kashmir

25 August 2017
Rising Kashmir
Sameer Showkin Lone

Srinagar: Expressing concern and while condemning killing of youth Shahid Bashir Wani of Tarathpora, Handwara by forces, APHC (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said, 'On one hand, a reign of terror is being unleashed under the garb of CASOs and on the other hand, youth are also being killed in fake encounters.' He said south Kashmir has been turned into a war zone. Mirwaiz said: 'If bloodshed continues with such impunity in Kashmir, there would be no other alternative left with people other than to start a sustained protest.' Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday also thanked people of Kashmir for showing unity and supporting every program of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) over the controversial issue of Article 35A. During his Friday sermon at Jamia Majid, Mirwaiz asked people to remain vigilant and defeat all the conspiracies being hatched to 'change the demographic character of the disputed region of J&K'. 'Coming under pressure the Supreme Court of India has deferred the case about Article 35A. But we have to be vigilant. Whenever the case is listed for the next hearing, people at the very point of time should come on streets. So we all have to be ready,' Mirwaiz said. Mirwaiz said that in the name of Combing and Search Operation (CASO), South Kashmir has been turned into a battlefield. 'Human rights violations are at its peak in South Kashmir. Government forces have adopted 'pick and choose polic to kill and target Kashmiri youth. Our youths are being killed under a well-executed conspiracy,' he said. The Mirwaiz appealed world community 'to open eyes and see how humanity is being murdered in J&K'. Mirwaiz stated though it's not for the first time that innocent youth have been killed in fake encounters, but the irony is that once again a probe has been ordered 'wherein killers would also act as witnesses leaving a big question mark on the justice'. In almost every killing in Kashmir those involved have gone scot free and justice has always eluded the victim families, Mirwaiz said, adding the recent acquittal to five soldiers involved in the killing of innocent people during Machil fake encounter is a case in point and an eye-opener to the world community. 'The guilty soldiers in Machil are roaming free. Kashmiri people are not like cattle who would be killed at the will of forces,' Mirwaiz said. Referring to operation Jamia Masjid, on its 28th anniversary Mirwaiz said that it was on this day in 1989 an attempt was made by the then ruling dispensation to silence the voice of people, 'the voice of truth that has been raised from the pulpit of Jamia Masjid without fear or favor by the Mirwazeen'. 'The motive of the operation was to build pressure and to instill fear in the heart of Shaheed e Millat Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq, who always played the pioneering role in the movement for right to self determination that had unnerved the then leadership. After the operation Jamia Masjid, many religious places of Kashmir including Dargah Hazratbal, Charar-e-Sharief, Khankah Faizpanah Tral, , Astan-e-Aliya Khanyar were desecrated in a bid to create a wedge among the Muslims of Kashmir and to divide them on the sectarian lines,' Mirwaiz said, adding that all such efforts failed. Mirwaiz said time has once again proved that by closing the doors of Jamia Masjid Srinagar for prayers time and again, has not deterred the resolve of people, 'who continue to throng the central Masjid in great numbers and pledge for their commitment towards the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue'. Mirwaiz said the pulpit of Jamia has and will continue to spread the message of truth and highlight the miseries and atrocities inflicted on the justice seeking Kashmiri people. Mirwaiz also led special Touba-e-Istegafar prayers for seeking forgiveness from the Almighty Allah 'in the back drop of countless issues being confronted by the people of Kashmir and also the tragic incident of lynching of a police officer Muhammad Ayoub Pandth on the night of Shab-e-Qadr outside Jamia Maajid'.