Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai on Sunday reacted sharply to the statement of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.
In a statement here Sehrai said, “General Rawat’s statement that civilian protestors would be dealt sternly is an indication that Army has declared a full scale war against civilian population to silence the voices, which are demanding their birth right which is right to self determination.”
Sehrai said, “The Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs) have become a daily routine. Apart from killing Kashmiris, such operations have made the social lives hell. Forces are destroying the properties of the common masses under the garb of CASOs.”
He strongly denounced the forces’ action in Shopian and Kulgam where more than 40 people were injured in the forces action. Sehrai asked the United Nations to intervene and ask New Delhi to “shun violence and stop killings in Kashmir.” Reacting to the statement of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, “Kashmiris should stand with Govt, not separatists”’ Sehrai said , “The ongoing movement is people’s movement which could neither be crushed nor brushed aside.”
Meanwhile, Sehrai condemned the slapping of Public Safety Act on Zahoor Ahmed Dar of Qazi pora Pulwama and Lateef Ahmed Dar of Kuthipora Chadoora.