SEPARATISTS CALL FOR STRIKE, PROTESTS

Militant Groups Support Geelani’s 3-Day Bandh Call

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, July 18: The separatists Thursday strongly condemned the civilian killings by forces at Gool, terming the incident an act of “State terrorism.” They said the forces in JK have gone “trigger-happy” and are killing innocent people without any justification.
Besides, various religious organizations including Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith, Ulema-e-Ahnaf and Jamaat-e-Islami have also condemned the civilian killings at Gool and urged people to register strong protest against the act on Friday.
Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for three day strike to protest the killing of innocent civilians in Gool area while’s Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has called for two-day strike.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for shutdown on Friday and appealed the people to march towards Lal Chowk.
Massive protests erupted in several parts of Kashmir to denounce the Gool killings. To thwart any attempt of protests the top separatist leadership has been put under house arrest since Thursday afternoon.
According to a JKLF spokesman, the front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik took out a protest rally soon after the news about Gool killings spread. However, police intercepted the protestors and detained Malik along with dozens of front leaders including Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Bashir Kashmiri and Ghulam Muhammad Dar.
Soon after Malik’s protest rally and subsequent arrests, entire Lal Chowk witnessed observed a complete shutdown.
Malik has called for a complete shutdown on Friday and urged people to march towards Lal Chowk after Friday congregational prayers. After JKLF protest, High Court Bar Association also took out a protest rally against Gool killings.  The Bar Association condemned the arrest of Malik and urged people to support his Friday call.
Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani has called for a three-day strike and strongly condemned the Gool killings.
Hurriyat (M) chairman has appealed people to observe complete strike for two-days and to assemble at Jamia Masjid here on Friday to offer prayers in absentia for the deceased.
Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was put under house arrest Thursday afternoon. Media Advisor to Hurriyat (M) Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam told Greater Kashmir that large contingents of police arrived at his Nigeen residence and informed Mirwaiz about his house arrest.
Later a police contingent also arrived at the Sanat Nagar residence of Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Media Advisor to Hurriyat (M) to put him under house arrest, however he was not present at his home.
Democratic Freedom Party Chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah has also called for complete shutdown on Friday.
National Front Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan also been put under house arrest since Thursday evening. He has strongly condemned the Gool killings and termed it as one the dimensions of state terrorism.

HURRIYAT (G)
Chairman Hurriyat (G) Syed Ali Geelani said:  “People should protest against the unjustified killings at Gool.”
In a statement Geelani said those involved in the killing of innocents should be punished in public. The Hurriyat (G) chairman said forces should immediately vacate from civilian areas and go back to barracks. Terming Gool incident as “worst example of state terrorism,” Geelani said people of entire State have to unite and prove that they won’t allow innocent killings. “We have to prove that we won’t allow desecration of holy Quran,” he said and paid tributes to those who lost their lives during the protests.

HURRIYAT (M)
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq accused the forces of going “trigger-happy in JK.”
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Mirwaiz said it is unfortunate that forces treat people of JK as slaves and kill them whenever they wish. “It is because of the laws like AFSPA that forces have got a free hand in JK to kill people without any justification,” he said. “The killing of innocent people who were protesting against desecration of holy Quran in Gool is highly condemnable,” he said.
“I also urge people to assemble at Jamia Masjid so that prayers in absentia could be offered for those killed by forces. After prayers, people would protest against the innocent killings,” the Hurriyat chairman said. He also condemned the authorities for putting him under house arrest. “I was put under house arrest on the first Friday of the holy month and now police has been deployed outside my residence ahead of second Friday,” he said. “Till Kashmir is not demilitarized, black laws are not revoked, such incidents would continue to happen,” he said.

JKLF
JKL chief Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement issued here, said that every member of ruling coalition in JK and each assembly member is directly responsible for “Gool murder.” “It is these cowards who are appointed just to safeguard these killer forces. The atrocities being committed upon innocent Kashmiris is the direct consequence of the criminal silence of the world community and civil society that has provided courage to forces to kill people wherever they like,” Malik said.
Shabir Shah
Condemning killing of peaceful protestors at Gool who were protesting against the desecration of holy Quran, senior separatist leader, Shabir Ahmad Shah said; “The more India would inflict its brutalities on Kashmiris, the more passionate Kashmiris would become about their freedom. The basic reason of hurting religious sentiments and endangering of their life and dignity is their slavery because there is no reverence of the life, dignity and emotions of slave nations,” Shah said in a statement here.  

JKLF (H)/others
Chairman JKLF (H) Javaid Ahmad Mir, chairman Muslim Conference Shabir Ahmad Dar, Chairman Islamic Political Party Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights Forum Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in a joint statement strongly condemned the innocent killings in Gool.  “When the people took out peaceful rally to protest against the desecration of holy Quran, forces fired indiscriminately resulting in the killing of six people,” they said. They supported the strike call given by JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik and Lal Chowk Chalo.

DeM
The Dukhtaran-e-Milat chief Asiya Andrabi while condemning the firing on protestors at Gool termed the act as “gruesome.” “Earlier, forces were targeting innocent people in Kashmir. But now they have attacked our religion and desecrated the holy Quran, which is highly condemnable. This is high time for entire JK to stand up against the forces who are hell-bent to kill innocent people,” she said and urged people to stage strong protests against the unjustified act of forces in Gool.

Ulema-e-Ahnaf
Patron of Anjuman Ulma-e-Ahnaf and vice president of Ahal Sunat wal Jamat Moulana Peerzada Akhzar Hussain strongly condemned killing of six people in Ramban. In a statement issued here, Moulana said: “Government should punish those who are responsible for these killings. Strong action should be taken against all those who opened fire on the innocent protestors.”
Jamiat-e-Ahlihadith and Jamaat-e-Islami while strongly condemning the killings said that the “massacres” like Gool are intolerable. “People of entire JK should stage peaceful protest after Friday prayers across the state,” said Jamaat in a statement here.
Meanwhile, Chairman JK People’s Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has strongly condemned “wanton and willful” killings of innocent civilians at Gool. Rehmani, in a statement here, demanded stern punishment to the guilty.

KCSDS
Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) strongly condemned the “unwarranted and ruthless” firing by armed forces at Gool, Ramban that resulted in the tragic killing of six people and injuries to dozens. In a statement issued here, the KCSDS lambasted the state and central governments for their default in restraining and controlling the forces against “such mindless acts of violence and vendetta.” “Both governments have all along shown utter disregard to the citizens’ rights in the state as none of the killer forces were served with exemplary punishment that could have acted as a deterrent,” it said in a statement. “The repeated incidents of massacre prove beyond any doubt that the armed forces have been installed here to kill and terrorise the civilians rather than to provide any security and protection to them.” Meanwhile, Jammu and Jammu and Kashmir People’s League Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza also condemned the killing of peaceful protesters in Ramban terming it as a “cold-blooded murder”.  The EJAC-Q, chairman Abdul Qayoom Wani also condemned the Gool incident and demanded that the guilty be punished.
Militant outfits endorse 3-day strike call:  Hizbul Mujahideen, Al-Umar and Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen militant outfits endorsed strike call for three days given by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani against the Gool killings. “We strongly condemn the Ramban killings and extend our full sport to the strike called by Hurriyat Conference (G),” Hizb spokesman, Saleem Hashmi, told KNS. Al-Umar Mujahideen chief Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar also condemned the killing of civilians in Ramban district of Jammu region and supported three-day strike call. Similarly, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen spokesman Jameel Ahmad termed killings of innocent people at Gool highly unacceptable. “Everyone, even a child of Kashmir is with Muslims of Jammu,” he said in a statement. “This tragic incident has once again shown that Muslims in JK are completely unsafe and Indian troops can kill Muslims as and when they wish,” he said. “We endorse the three-day strike call given by Geelani.”

Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 18 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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