Syed Ali Shah Geelani alleged that “every tool of state terrorism—bullets, pellets, arrests, killings, rapes and harassments—is legalized and justified in the grab of national security”.
Strongly condemning the killing of seven civilians by government forces in southern Pulwama district on Saturday, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Sunday urged the United Nations to help resolve the long-pending Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people.
“We have read in history about the heinous crimes of Changez and Halako but the repression and oppression we are subjected to have surpassed them as well,” Geelani said in a statement, condemning the “massacre” in Sirnoo Pulwama “in which seven civilians were killed and more than 100 injured by pellets and bullets fired by forces”.
India claims to have the brave and disciplined army of the world but in reality they are timid that they shower bullets and pellets on the unarmed people in Kashmir, especially kids. They try to test their muscles and arsenal on the peaceful protestors who are just demanding their basic and fundamental right—the right to self-determination promised by their own leaders,” the statement read.
Questioning the “so-called champions of humanity and democracy whether using deadly weaponry against peaceful people is their humanity and democracy”, Geelani said: “Protests take place everywhere, even violent, but nowhere in the world (nor in India itself) are people showered bullets and pellets”.
In Kashmir, Geelani alleged that “every tool of state terrorism—bullets, pellets, arrests, killings, rapes and harassments—is legalized and justified in the grab of national security”.
“Seeing innocent killings on a daily basis, every human eye gets moist and every heart is touched but the local collaborators and the partners of this genocide claiming to be the champions of humanity, democracy and Kashmiryat, have turned deaf and dumb,” he said, reacting sharply to what he called “fresh reign of terror unleashed throughout the state, especially in southern Kashmir.”
“Forces enter localities in dark hours, ransack houses, beat up inmates, terrorize and harass families especially women and kids. And if the population protests against these brutalities and inhuman actions, the armed forces start firing and shelling, killing and injuring them,” the statement read.
Referring to governor’s statement calling for a probe into Pulwama killings, Geelani said: “We have had these political gimmicks of probes for the past so many decades and we can’t be fooled by these hollow slogans”.
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