Pro-freedom leaders and organisations have strongly condemned the killing of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) district president, Anantnag, Mir Haizullah in south Kashmir’s Achabal area by unidentified gunmen, blaming agencies for the killing.
Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while condemning the killing, said, “ Shocked and deeply saddened by the killing of resistance leader Hafizullah Mir of Anantnag released from jail after two years, who was being repeatedly threatened for past one month.”
Meanwhile, a Hurriyat (M) spokesman in a statement said that the slain leader had in advance brought to fore through media, repeated threats and intimidations given to him on phone and suspicious movement of unknown people around his house soon after his release from prison after two years last month . “In past also many pro-freedom leaders were killed by the anti movement elements. But their aim at intimidating leadership or to force them to give up on their principles and ideology failed and will never succeed. These elements will face nothing but defeat as they can’t stop the momentum of the people’s ongoing struggle on all fronts,” the spokesman said.
“Inhuman killing of senior leader Mir Hafiz-u-Allah in broad day light is most atrocious and naked act of state repression. Through Mir sahibs’ martyrdom today, we have lost a prudent voice, courageous and steadfast human being and a humble personality,” a JKLF spokesman quoted the Front Chairman Yasin Malik as having said in his condolence message from jail.
Terming his demise as a personal loss, the JKLF chairman said, “Only a few days back martyr Mir visited JKLF office at Srinagar and informed me about the threats from forces and police and how suspicious vehicles were roaming around his residence and how he was receiving threatening calls from authorities. His worries came true today and he was gunned down in cold blood in front of his wife.”
The JKLF spokesman said that a delegation of Front leaders led by vice-chairman advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt reached Akingam, Achabal, and participated in the funeral prayers and burial of the late leader.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) secretary general Ameer Hamza, while condemning the killing, described the Mir Hafizullah as “a true soldier of Kashmir struggle and a responsible pro-resistance leader”.
“A delegation of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders headed by general secretary Ameer Hamzah Shah and many other activists participated in funeral prayers of Mir Hafizullah sahib and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family and prayed for departed noble soul,” a TeH spokesman said in a statement.
Condemning the killing, the Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir, said, “The killing of one more Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader, Hafiz-ullah Mir of Akingam, by unknown gunmen in the broad-daylight in his home clearly depicts that this series of mysterious killings are a part of a well-designed plan hatched in order to suppress the genuine voice of the oppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Jama’at while vehemently condemning this gruesome murder of a political leader at his home and critically injuring his wife, demands an impartial probe into all these inhuman acts by some international judicial commission so as to unveil the real culprits behind this vicious deign. Jama’at extends its total solidarity with the bereaved family and wishes an early recovery of the slain leader’s wife.
High Court Bar Association (HCBA), Srinagar, while condemning the killing, termed it as a beastly act which should be condemned by one and all, who believe in humanity and fundamental freedom of people. “The Bar Association feels that in the killing of Mir Hafizullah the people of Kashmir have lost a sincere, dedicated and honest soul of the soil, who has for the most of his life, preferred incarceration rather than succumbing to the threats, pressure tactics and intimidations extended to him by those, who are opposed to the just cause of the people of Kashmir,” the HCBA spokesman said in a statement.
He demanded the killing of Mir Hafizullah should be probed into by an independent agency so that those who have committed the dastardly act do not go unpunished.
Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), while condemning the killing, termed it a handiwork of hidden hands, who have been killing pro-freedom people over the years.
“Kashmiri people are being terrorized and intimidated by killings and arrests and the murder of Mir Hafizullah is part of the same conspiracy,” a DFP spokesman, in a statement today said.
Paying rich tributes to Mir Hafizullah, the spokesman said, “His role in the ongoing struggle will always be remembered.”
He termed the sacrifices of Mir Hafizullah as inspiring and expressed solidarity with his bereaved family.
Strongly condemning the killing, the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (R) leaders Barrister Abdul Majid Trambu and Advocate Ayoub Rathor said, “Brutal killings, detentions and arbitrary measures won’t deter us from pursuing our cherished mission of freedom.”
“It is the handiwork of agencies. We impartial probe into the killing,” the Front spokesman said in a statement.
Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) chairman Zaffar Akbar Bhat and Islamic Political Party (IPP) chairman Mir Hafiz, while condemning the killing, in separate statements today, said, “These target killings are aimed at silencing the voice of dissent.”
Chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo strongly condemned the killing.
In a statement here Untoo said, “Killing is not the first one and such killings have been taking place in Kashmir since long. Mir was recently released after serving two years in Jail under PSA. He has three daughters and a wife. How can they survive and who will respond to their queries as to who killed their father and why he was killed,” Untoo said.