Palhalan youth's killing evokes widespread condemnation

Palhalan youth's killing evokes widespread condemnation

Mirwaiz prayed for speedy recovery of the injured youth.

Various political, social and religious leaders and organizations have condemned the killing of a youth, Farooq Ahmad Bhat and injuries to three others on Monday at Palhalan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, demanding punishment to the cops involved in the incident.   

Condemning the indiscriminate firing by the forces against peaceful protesters, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “The draconian powers vested with the government troops are giving them license to kill Kashmiris at will.”

 “On the martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Muhammad Afzal Guru, the government forces once again resorted to bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris, arrest and house arrest of pro-freedom leaders and workers, imposed curfew, and conducted raids. Such tyrannical acts have once again exposed the hollow slogans of democracy and the so called democratic process in Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said in a statement today, paying rich tributes to slain youth. 

Mirwaiz prayed for speedy recovery of the injured youth. 

“Sacrifices of martyrs are priceless asset lying with Kashmiri nation and their mission would be taken forward till it reaches its goal,” he said.

Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir, while condemning the ‘brutal’ action by the forces, appealed to all international human rights bodies and forums, particularly to Islamic countries to take serious notice of, what it said, the grave human rights violations at the hands of government forces and take effective steps to stop these violations.

Jama’at has expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.

Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League (PFL) chairman, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani has condemned the forces’ action saying that “Targeting a peaceful demonstration by the armed forces is a brutal and shameful act. The International Court of Justice should bring India to justice for committing such brutalities on innocent civilians and the world body should emphasize on withdrawing troops from the disputed region without further delay. India is committing crimes against humanity for the last several decades without being censured by UN according to its laws and resolutions.” 

Rehmani, according to PFL statement issued here today, expressed condolences with the family of the youth and prayed for his eternal blessings.

Jammu and Kashmir Women’s Democratic Forum chairperson, Tanveer Fatima termed the killing as ‘worst kind of state barbarism.’ 

“Killing of innocent civilians in Kashmir has become a daily routine for armed forces under the cover of black laws,” Tanvir said in a statement today, praying for the slain youth and expressing sympathies to his family. She also prayed for speedy recovery of the injured youth.

National Front chairman and Hurriyat Conference (JK) leader Nayeem Ahmad Khan, while condemning the killing, said, “Targeting peaceful demonstrators by bullets is a reprehensible act.”

 “The government of India is committing crimes against humanity in Kashmir without being questioned which has made it crueler,” Khan said in a statement today, expressing solidarity with and condolences to the family of slain youth. 

Jammu Kashmir Salvation Movement chairman, Zaffer Akbar Bhat, in a statement today, termed the killing as ‘cold blood murder by the government forces.’

 “The forces are openly violating human rights in Kashmir. They under the cover of black and draconian laws are killing innocents and this oppression goes unnoticed,” Zaffar said and prayed for early recovery of the injured youth.

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) patron, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo and its chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karatey said, “The government of India is committing excesses in Kashmir. It is not allowing the people to assemble peacefully and protest for the genuine rights. In response to the peaceful protests the innocent peaceful civilians have to face the bullets.” 

The Front leaders have prayed for the slain youth and expressed solidarity with his family, besides praying for speedy recovery of the injured. 

Meanwhile, expressing his anguish over the killing, president J&K Pradesh Congress Committee, Prof Saifuddin Soz, in a statement today, said, “I condemn the firing by forces at Palhalan in which a youth was killed. To open fire like this can be avoided and surely the aim to kill is different from the aim to injure.”

Soz has appealed to the Governor to institute an inquiry into the matter.

He expressed sympathies and condolences with the bereaved family.

J&K RTI movement also condemned the killing, saying that “the atrocious crime reminds us of the draconian laws like AFSPA, which provide impunity to troopers serving in this militarized region.”

“The atrocities and killings cannot be legitimized by the world’s biggest democracy,” a spokesman of the Movement said in a statement today.

Condemning the killing, Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) president, Muhammad Yaseen Khan, in a statement today, termed such incidents ‘a ploy to keep Kashmir’s economy in a shambles.’

“Our kids are being killed for expressing their genuine feelings which does not happen in any democratic set up. It just shows how intolerant and cruel the Indian government is towards Kashmiri Muslims,” Khan said. 

“Our youth are our treasure and we shall not tolerate them being killed for raising their voice against injustice. It appears that there are intentions to keep Kashmir on boil. It is a ploy to keep Kashmir’s economy in shambles and our broken economy suits many quarters in New Delhi,” Khan said.

Peoples League chief patron, Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoob also condemned the killing of Farooq Ahmad Bhat saying, “Forces have been targeting our youth to suppress the ongoing movement for right to self determination.”