Killing of two youth in Shopian widely condemned

Srinagar, January 28, 2018 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the killing of two youth in Shopian by Indian troops during a peaceful protest demonstration. The Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Killings of young boys have become a routine affair of trigger-happy forces in Kashmir.” He said it is shame that the Indian rights activists, humanists and civil society members have turned deaf, dumb and blind to the butchering of young Kashmiris and the world human rights watchdogs callously watch on doing nothing.

The Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi in a statement said forces’ brutality at Ganawpora in Shopian districts is part of a well-planned strategy to commit genocide of Kashmiri youth. She said that forces fired directly on the upper body parts of the innocent children. “This is genocide as these forces only intend to kill our innocent children, brothers, elderly and women.” She added that the puppet administration was in connivance with the right-wing organisation, RSS, in the killing of innocent Kashmiri youth. Javaid Ahmad Mir in a statement in Srinagar said, “By resorting to indiscriminate firing at their own will in Shopian, the forces have beaten all records of barbarity.”

Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Muhammad Musaddiq Aadil, Mohammad Abdullah Tari, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Firdous Ahmad Shah and JKLF-R in their statements denouncing the killing said, “Forces in Kashmir by use of military might against the innocent people are not even allowing them to protest the state terrorism for the last seventy years .The people here are demanding their birthright to self-determination which no power on the earth can deny them for long.

The Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir in its statement, while strongly condemning the killings, termed the firing by the forces as a glaring example of the brutality and inhuman treatment towards the oppressed Kashmiris. Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference President Mohammad Sultan Magray and General Secretary Merajddin Soleh in a joint statement strongly condemned the killing. They said, “It is a well-knit and organised conspiracy to kill the youth of Kashmir.”

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