CASO aimed to kill youth in Kashmir: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq
Terming frequent curbs in Downtown Srinagar a move to punish people for their dedication and love towards the freedom movement, the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday said the "infamous" cordon-and-search operations (CASO) are a "deliberate attempt to kill youth."
In a statement, Mirwaiz slammed the state government for repeatedly imposing curfew in Downtown Srinagar. "Curbs and restrictions are aimed to punish people for their support to the movement. All trade and daily activities of people in Downtown Srinagar are severely affected by these arbitrary and inhuman restrictions and it is causing a psychologically trauma to them," Mirwaiz said.
Referring to Bahmnoo village in south Kashmir's Pulwama district where a young boy Jehangir Wagay sustained grievous bullet injuries on Monday, Mirwaiz said: "The CASOs by forces are becoming a routine particularly in towns and villages which result in killing and injuring of civilians by the government forces and causing destruction and damage to properties of residents. This is a matter of grave concern," he said.
Mirwaiz said while general Kashmirs are being targeted through bullets and pellets, the resistance leadership, their aides and activists, human right groups, intellectuals, newspaper offices, civil society members, traders and business community are also being targeted and harassed simultaneously for "their association with the people's movement."
"As per a report in an Indian leading newspaper, the Intelligence Department has admitted to have prepared a data bank of writers, academicians, retired judges and information about them is being collected by the department," Mirwaiz said.
He said the NIA has sent a notice to his family members and they are being summoned to New Delhi for questioning. "It is shameful that my relatives are now being harassed to build pressure on me," he said. "Both my uncles who have been served notices by the NIA are respected retired high-level government officers, who have served the people of the state with honesty and integrity. To subject them to harassment and intimidation for being my relatives is painful to me and a highly ignoble act."
"If harassing and squeezing people of Kashmir and leadership from all sides is being considered as a way of doing away with the Kashmir issue and is the much publicized final solution by those in power, then those pursuing this will be hugely disappointed. Kashmir issue and the struggle of its brave people for self-determination for the past 70 years derive its life and succor from universal principles of liberty and justice. Values and ideals that have and will stand all tests of oppression and will eventually prevail."
Mirwaiz paid glowing tributes to two militants Kifayat Ahmed and Jehangir Khanday killed by government forces in Pulwama today and said: "The sacrifices of our young martyrs are our asset and will always be."