Terming the prevailing situation in Kashmir as “fragile and worrisome”, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said resistance leadership can’t watch the killings of innocent people across South Kashmir silently and will soon announce “measures to counter the repression.”Addressing congregational Friday gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz hinted that Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) may announce a program to counter the frequent civilian killings in southern districts of Kashmir.
“The JRL recently deliberated on the prevailing situation and is looking at the measures to deal with the repressive situation,” Mirwaiz said in his Friday sermon at Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta downtown.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz and Muhammad Yasin Malik held marathon discussion at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence on Thursday to discuss the issue of civilian killings in southern Kashmir. The leadership announced that they will address media jointly at Ahdoos hotel on Saturday.
Mirwaiz and Malik were allowed to enter inside the Geelani’s residence where the aged leader is under detention since past eight years.
He said as repression by Government of India grows through its forces, so does the anger of people against New Delhi and their determination to throw off the yoke of forcible control.
“By now New Delhi should have realized how deep the sentiment runs in the Valley and the failure of its policy of use of extreme force and repression as a policy to suppress that sentiment,” he said adding that New Delhi will have to engage with the sentiment at some point and show statesmanship. Sooner it is done the better for all. It’s the only way to ensure peace in Kashmir and in the region.”
The Mirwaiz also urged the international human rights organizations to use their good offices and play their part in stopping the ongoing bloodshed in Kashmir. “Every day, Kashmir witnesses killings of children and youth, harassment, vandalizing of properties and frequent searches and cordon operations. It is high time world community intervenes and urges New Delhi to stop killing Kashmiris and resolve the Kashmir dispute as per the aspirations of its people,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that every village of southern Kashmir has been turned into a killing field where each day, innocent youth are massacred by the “trigger-happy forces.”
“Just two days ago, a class 8th student Umar Kumar was brutally killed by the forces and dozens of others were showered with bullets and pellet pava shells in Shopian,” he said.
He said target killings of Kashmiri youth has become a routine affair of forces and today, Kashmir’s fourth generation is getting consumed by the perpetual conflict.
“World community has a moral responsibility to build pressure on New Delhi to stop this repression and resolve the Kashmir dispute as per the promises made to the people at United Nations,” he said.