Says ‘shutdown only collective response left to express condolences, solidarity’
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was on Monday after he defied the house detention and tried to march towards Badami Bagh here.
The march towards Badami Bagh Army cantonment was called by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against the civilian killings in Pulwama on last Saturday.
Mirwaiz who was placed under house arrest tried to defy the house detention and marched towards Badami Bagh here. However, a large contingent of police deployed outside his Nigeen residence foiled his attempt and detained him.
Prior to his detention, Mirwaiz while commenting upon the Pulwama killings said that “forces have become a killing machine.”
“The killing of 10 Kashmiri’s including 8th standard student, young fathers, sons and brothers, all common Kashmiris are deeply saddening. After indiscriminate killings, civilians are branded as over ground workers and terrorists which is preposterous in itself, but what is worse is that this propaganda is used as a means of endorsing and justifying the civilians killings by armed forces !,” he said.
Mirwaiz said “GOI has overplayed the terrorist /pak proxy/instigators card and no is buying this narrative except some people in India at whom it is aimed for electoral gains as the world sees for itself the ever growing graph of atrocities and massacres of Kashmiri’s who are only asking for a just and peaceful resolution of the dispute .”
Extending his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, Mirwaiz said that “we are not even allowed to express our sorrow and mourn these brutalities as our tormentors give us no space to grieve collectively and express our outrage and overwhelming emotions at these killings.”
“We can only express our sorrow and outrage by stopping our daily business, as each day we lose valuable lives. Shutdown is the only collective response left with us to express our condolences our sorrow, our solidarity and our outrage to such atrocities. Every other space for expression of our emotions is barred by force.”
Mirwaiz said after indiscriminate killings, barricading all modes of protest grieving and mourning, statements are issued that forces are always with the people of Kashmir.
“How ironic is it. Threats are issued under the garb of being here for peace,” Mirwaiz said, adding that people and leadership also want peace but not the peace of graveyard to which our people are being sent.
“We want living, lasting and durable peace. We want an end to bloodshed on all sides and the only guarantee of that is a political resolution of the Kashmir dispute not a military solution,” he said.