Pulwama firing evokes widespread condemnation


Srinagar, Dec 29: Army soldiers resorting to indiscriminate firing at unarmed civilians at Pulwama in south Kashmir on Friday in which 15 civilians were wounded has evoked a widespread condemnation.

 The chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC) Syed Salahuddin on Saturday condemned, what he said, indiscriminate firing on innocents by the armed forces at Pulwama, terming it their (armed forces’)  “frustration.”
 “The armed forces have always been using civilians as human shields during encounters with militants,” a spokesman of the UJC quoted Salahuddin as having said in a statement.
 He prayed rich tributes to the militants who were killed in a gunfight with forces prior to the army firing on civilians.

Peoples Democratic Party
 Condemning the firing on peaceful people in Pulwama PDP today called for a thorough probe into the unprovoked incident. In a statement here a PDP spokesman said that the “trigger happy” government is trying to enforce a peace of graveyard in the state where nobody is allowed to express sentiments of any kind even peacefully.
 “It is because of such attitude of intolerance that educated youth are once again pushed to the wall and reportedly forced to resort to violence as a result of repressive policies of the government.”
 He said government should ensure that all democratic channels of peaceful expression are available to people of Jammu and Kashmir as much as they are to the citizens of any party of the country.
 He said the MLA Pulwama Muhammad Khalil Bandh visited the injured in the hospitals and inquired about them.

Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri
 National Conference Member Parliament for Pulwama, Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri, while condemning the incident in strong terms said: “I hoped that the inquiry ordered by the government will establish the truth and the personnel responsible for unjustified firing and abuse of power would be punished.” He said that when we felt a little relieved at the lowest level of violence in 2012, this incident of scant regard for human life sullied the image of the Army and fixing the responsibility for this sad incident is in the interest of the Army and democracy.
 Ratanpuri, who met the injured in various hospitals, demanded adequate compensation and rehabilitation for those affected in Friday's incident. He hoped that they would get justice as accountability and justice only lead us to peace and reconciliation.

M Y Tarigami 
 Jammu and Kashmir unit of CPI (M) said that the magisterial inquiry ordered by the state government into  firing incident at Pulwama town, should be taken to its logical conclusion.
 Expressing concern over the firing incident, CPI(M) state secretary M Y Tarigami said the magisterial inquiry ordered by the government should reach to some logical conclusion.
 Tarigami said the incident has created an atmosphere of insecurity among the people and the inquiry ordered should not be handled as another addition to the already pending inquiries with the government.
 "These incidents are unfortunate and could have been avoided," he observed.
 Expressing solidarity with the injured, the CPI (M) leader has asked the government to provide relief to the affected families and full treatment to the victims.

Khalida Shah
 Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference Saturday condemned the Pulwama incident. “No words can be harsh enough to condemn the atrocities unleashed by the troopers on the civilians at Chandigam (Tahab) in the aftermath of an encounter and on peaceful protesters at Muran Chowk and Shaheed Park (Pulwama) where even playing children pleading innocence were not spared,” party president, Begum Khalidah Shah, said in a statement.

Er. Rasheed
 MLA Langate Er Rasheed while condemning firing on innocent civilians in Pulwama has said that the incident is an eye opener for those who are giving Kashmiris sermons of peace and non violence.
 In a statement here he said, “Neither use of force against mob can be justified by saying that they were pelting stones nor the traditional argument that some miscreants provoked people and forces were rendered option less to open fire .”
 He said the IGP Kashmir S M Sahai’s confession that use of force could have been avoided and stern action should be taken against erring personnel should be taken a serious note of. Rejecting the magisterial probe to look into the incident MLA said that the word probe has become a symbol of joke, cheating and denial in Kashmir.
 He said hundreds of probes and commissions have yielded nothing except facilitating in shielding the barbaric incidents and helping brutal black sheep in forces and administration to buy time to bury these incidents into the grave .

 Chairman People’s Democratic Front and MLA Khansahib Hakeem Muhammad Yasin has condemned the firing by forces on civilians.
 In a statement, Yasin said such incidents trigger backlash which is detrimental to peace and tranquility in the state.
 Offering his sympathies to the injured, he asked chief minister to personally intervene to prevent such incidents to reoccur.

Nayeem Khan
 Paying rich tributes to the martyrs of Pulwama, the Chairman of National Front Nayeem Ahmad Khan hailed the people of Pulwama for demonstrating their sentiment and respect for martyrs.
 “After Sopore the way people reacted at Pulwama after the martyrdom of youth has a loud and clear message for New Delhi. It should read the writing on the wall,” said Khan, who is under house arrest.
 “New Delhi and its local collaborators in Jammu Kashmir were mistaken that due to continuous oppression and suppression the people of Kashmir have given up the demand of freedom but the way people reacted in favour of the martyrs has frustrated them.”
 “It was the frustration of the armed forces that beat people, fired upon them, broke the vehicles and imposed restrictions so that they could stop them from exhibiting their sentiment of freedom,” Khan said.

Shabir Shah
 Democratic Freedom Party Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah while condemning the Pulwama incident said: “it is a matter of concern for the people of the Valley. The ordering of the magisterial inquiry has become a routine and is nothing to buy time till the rage and emotions die down.”
 He ridiculed the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s promise of zero tolerance to human rights violations. “His troops have trampled his promise by resorting to indiscriminate firing on unarmed civilians,” Shah added.

Zaffar Akbar Bhat
 Paying glowing tributes to Pulwama martyrs, the chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM)  Zaffar Akbar Bhat,  has  said the martyrs have kept Kashmir movement alive and their mission would be taken to its logical end.
 Addressing mourners in the native village of Imtiyaz Ahmad Teli at  Filpora Lasipora who was slain by troops on Friday along with his companion Amir Ahmad,  Zaffar said, “Kashmiri martyrs have kept this Kashmir issue alive and nobody will be allowed to waste the their blood.
 “Thousands of people are present here to participate in the Nimaz-e-Jinaza of these two young martyrs. Why? Because every Kashmiri wants freedom and also love and respect sacrifices of our young blood,” Zaffar said, adding that “We not allow anybody to compromise on the blood of martyrs.”
 “We will continue the mission of martyrs under all circumstances,” he said.
 Zaffar condemned the action of armed forces in Pulwama district where they resorted to indiscriminate firing and injured many people.”
 Zaffar appealed to the international community for intervention to pressurize New Delhi for the early resolution of Kashmir issue as well as for the removal of lakhs of armed forces from the Valley . He also demanded that international community should hold probes into indiscriminate firing incidents that occurred in Kashmir for the past 65 years.

Bita Karatey 
 Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R ) Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bita Karatey has strongly condemned  the indiscriminate firing on the general public by the armed forces in Pulwama on Friday following the martyrdom of two militants in an encounter.
 Karatey expressed solidarity with those injured in the firing and paid glowing tributes to slain militants, reiterating the pledge to take their mission to its logical end.
 Meanwhile, the chairman Islamic Political Party Muhammad Yousuf Naqash has also condemned the incident of indiscriminate firing on civilans.
 “Though the local administration as usual like in the past has ordered the commission of inquiry in this regard but Kashmiri people have no trust on such media hyped commissions as these are just aimed at deceiving international community, otherwise hundreds of commissions ordered in the past ended up with no result and perpetrators were neither booked nor punished,” said Naqash in a statement.

 JK High Court Bar Association, at its general body meeting held here today, decided to boycott courts on Monday as a protest against indiscriminate firing on peaceful civilians by the security forces ‘without any reason or justification’ in Pulwama on Friday.
 “The members unanimously resolved that the Bar Association would abstain from appearing in the courts to show solidarity with the family members of the injured persons,” said a spokesman of the Bar in a statement today.
 The Bar Association has decided to observe the Human Rights Day immediately after the vacation.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 29 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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