Mainstream politicians and traders have expressed grief and sorrow over the civilian killings in forces firing in a Kulgam village.
RAFI AHMED MIR
Chief spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party Rafi Ahmad Mir while condemning the killings said, "I am shocked beyond words to see this painful and unending cycle of violence."
Terming these civilian killings as unfortunate, Mir said that a shadow of fear is hovering over the ground. "It's alarming and unfortunate to see these civilian killings. The security scenario is a matter of serious concern and underlines the political vacuum that has resulted in the alienation on the ground, especially among the youth."
He expressed his heartfelt solidarity with the bereaved family.
GHULAM AHMED MIR
The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress chief G A Mir described the killings as highly condemnable, disappointing and detrimental to peace initiatives.
Mir also urged the people to maintain peace, as the "pelting of stones" will certainly invite action by the forces leading to the escalation in tension, which won't be in the interest of peace or safety of people.
M Y TARIGAMI
CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam, M Y Tarigami, said such reckless killings have potential to deteriorate the already worsened situation further in the state.
"Since the imposition of the Governor's Rule on June 20, the violence was on decline and civilian killings were also on decrease. But the latest incident is a big shock and setback to any effort to restore peace in the Valley. Not only two young boys have become victims of bullets in Hawoora but a teenage girl too was shot dead, which is so unfortunate," Tarigami said in a statement.
"Is the blood of Kashmiris so cheap and are Kashmiris so expendable? The policymakers need to understand it that nothing can be achieved by excessive use force and it is only political dialogue which can bring peace," he added.
KEA, KTMF AGHAST
Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) headed by Muhammad Yasin Khan condemned the killings and termed such acts as unacceptable.
In a statement, Khan who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Federation (KTMF) said, " Killing unarmed civilians is against the ethics of humanity or has New Delhi declared war against such civilians," Khan said while strongly protesting the continued crisis in the Valley. He also asked the civil society in the sub continent to play its role."
Khan also condemned the arrest of Dukhtaran e Millat Chief Asiya Andrabi and her two associates who have been shifted to Delhi for questioning. Khan said it she deserves medical attention than any detention.