J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar has expressed its grief over the killing of 16 Kashmiris – eight militants and eight civilians – during the last two days in downtown Srinagar, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama.
"The victims included a 14 year 9th class student, who was overrun by a forces vehicle and crushed to death at Safa Kadal, Srinagar, besides injuries by bullets and pellets to more than 60 others at the aforesaid places by Indian ruthless forces who have been tasked to do so by the Indian State and who are engaged in a systemic genocide of the people of Kashmir," the Bar president said in a statement.
"We appeal the international community to come to the rescue of Kashmiris who are being massacred everyday only because they want the implementation of Security Council Resolutions guaranteeing them the right of self-determination.
"We, therefore, ask the world community as to why they are silent today, when Indian State has broken all records of human rights violation in Kashmir by killing, blinding and maiming the innocent people by use of bullets and pellets, which in this century is beyond one's comprehension and belief.
"The Bar Association wants to make it clear that since the people of Kashmir are determined to force Indian State to concede to their right of self-determination and the arrogant Indian State is however in no mood as on today, to grant them the said right, therefore, the bloodshed in Kashmir and the killing of innocent people is bound to continue. If the international community shows no concern towards such brutality, it will nullify the very existence of United Nations and other human rights organizations of the world, who are all committed and have reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights and in the dignity and worth of the human beings.
"It is therefore imperative for the international community to understand the gravity of the situation before it goes out of its hands and thereby jeopardize the world peace," the Bar said. GKNN