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Separatists call for shutdown on Saturday

Condemning the “horrendous torment” unleashed by government forces at Khudwani yesterday, the separatist have called for a shutdown on Saturday against these atrocities.

“Kashmir has been turned into a killing field where lives of men, women and children are not safe. The horrendous torment unleashed by  Indian occupational army, police and forces at Khudwani yesterday during which pellets, bullets  and shells where showered on people injuring hundreds and killing one innocent can only be termed as state-sponsored terrorism,” the separatist trio of Syed Alai Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said in a joint statement today.

They said a “comprehensive protest strike” will be observed against yesterday’s killings, “ongoing genocide of Kashmiri youth and other oppressive measures” on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Terming the ongoing spree of killings as “state sponsored terrorism and act of genocide”, they said that “Indian imperialism has let loose its army, forces and police and given them a free hand to kill Kashmiri youth with impunity.

“Acting at the orders of its masters, these forces are handing over the corpses of our loved ones to us on daily basis,” the statement alleged.

They said this “genocide is going on unabated as killers in uniform enjoy immunity from prosecution provided by the rulers”.

Referring to yesterday’s incident at Khudwani, they said “these trigger-happy killers in uniform unleashed a reign of terror on people who were mourning on the dead body of their loved one Farhan Ahmad Wani.

“Pellets, bullets, tear-smoke shells and ‘Lathees’ (batons) were showered on these people, injuring hundreds and brutally killing another youth Khalid Ahmad Dar on the spot,” the statement said.

They said “the sole purpose of this genocide is to suppress Kashmiri nation by military might so that these brutal killings have crossed every limit and has now become intolerable for Kashmiris and no Kashmiri is ready to tolerate this genocide silently now.”

They appealed the people to shutdown their offices, business establishments, transport and other activities for one day and raise their voices against growing “Indian state terrorism” on Saturday.

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