In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership while paying tributes to the three youth, killed by Indian troops during a violent military operation in Badgam district has condemned restrictions imposed by the occupation authorities to prevent people from participating in funerals of the martyrs.
According to media sources, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar expressed deep sorrow over the killing of Aaqib Gul, Tafazul Islam and Sajad Ahmed Gilkar. “It greatly pains us that our youth instead of pursuing a future for themselves are forced to take up arms to resist occupation and its consequent oppression upon the people of Kashmir. Many among the youth are those who face constant persecution and witch-hunt by the authorities through slapping of black law Public Safety Act,” they said. Gilani, Mirwaiz and Malik said that bloodshed on all sides was uncalled for, unfortunate and painful and should stop and that could happen only when the reality of Kashmir was accepted and the ways and means of resolving the dispute are addressed by New Delhi. The leaders strongly condemned the restrictions imposed in Srinagar to prevent the funeral prayers of Sajjad Ahmed Gilkar at Jamia Masjid and the indiscriminate teargas shelling and pellet firing on the mourners in Hyderpora and Nowhatta in which scores of people including some mediamen got severely injured. “Such acts are catalysts for people’s resistance against injustice and tyranny,” they said. Meanwhile, the leadership hailed the people of Kashmir for showing their deep resentment and unequivocal condemnation against the killing of Amarnath yatris and rushing to provide aid and assistance to the injured in hospitals. They said it is heartening to see the participation of all segments of society in protests over this ghastly act. “This should serve as an eye-opener to those who encourage polarization as a political tool and leave no stone unturned to demonize people through media and crush them by use of force for their just political aspirations that have historical and democratic bases.” Referring to the remarks made by the Indian Minister Jintendra Sindh at a press briefing in Srinagar, the leadership said that denial of ground realities and degrading the resistance leadership would not help in changing the grave situation in Kashmir for better. The leadership said that if India was seriously interested in the welfare of the Kashmiri youth and wanted peace in the region, it had to engage with their political sentiment and aspirations and give them the basic right to decide their future dispensation as promised by the first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the international community.