Kupwara Killing ‘Barbaric says Mirwaiz, Calls for Shutdown on Saturday

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The APHC Chairman Mirwiaz Dr. Molvi Mohammad Umar Farooq while strongly condemning the killing of 18 year teenager Arif Hussain Dar son of Gh. Mohiudin Dar and seriously injuring other 3 unarmed civilians at Nutnoosa district Kupwara when armed personnel opened fire at them when they were protesting against the recent killings in the district has termed it as completely barbaric and inhuman. Mirwiaz has called for a complete shutdown on Saturday 16 April 2016 to register a strong protest for these killings.
To protest against the recent killing of four innocent persons at Handwara and Kupwara as well as against human rights violations, harassment and victimization of Kashmiris studying or doing business outside the Valley at the hands of rightwing extremists, Mirwaiz Dr. Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq had appealed the people to participate in the protest and had declared to lead a protest march himself from the Historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. However, the ruling administration in frustration imposed curfew and severe restrictions in Srinagar, Handwara – Kupwara and deployed army and forces in massive numbers sealing all routes leading to Jamia Masjid in order to foil the protest march of Mirwiaz.
However, despite these supervise measures of the administration, people at scores of Masjids, Khankahs and shrines after offering Friday congregational prayers staged massive demonstrations to protest against the state-sponsored terrorism, oppression and barbarism by the government forces.
Meanwhile, the authorities continued to place the Mirwaiz under house confinement for the fourth consecutive day today and deployed more contingents of forces personnel outside his residence, to stop him from performing his religious obligations and from offering Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid.
Terming the tactics adopted by the state as dictatorial and a sign of extremist mindset, the APHC Chairman, condemned the such actions and policies of the administration, blaming it of using excessive force for suppressing the sentiments of the people and stopping them from expressing their hurt sentiments.
The Mirwaiz said for the past three decades, despite dealing the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their just rights with an iron hand, the rulers had failed to suppress the aspirations of the people and the resolve of the resistance leadership in the past and would fail to do so in the future as well.
Appealing the international community to take note of the recent killings of innocent unarmed civilians at Handwara and Kupwara besides human rights violations in entire Kashmir, the APHC Chairman said they need to come forward to play a role in helping resolve Kashmir issue as per the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris.
The Mirwaiz condemned the use of force and violence on a peaceful protest march of APHC at Dargah Hazratbal which among others included APHC leaders and activists Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Advocate Sheikh Yasir Ahmad, Farooq Ahmad Saudagar, Abdul Rashid Tanki, Muhammad Sidiq Hazaar, Sahil Ahmad War, Farooq Ahmad Sheikh, Ghulam Muhammad, Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, Muhammad Yasir Rangrez, Muhammad Ashraf Shah and Tariq Ahmad Zargar at Dargah Hazratbal who were detained by the authorities.
He said the detentions and house confinement of the resistance leadership and using military might was not going to cow down the people of Kashmir.
The APHC Chairman said that by staging protest demonstrations throughout entire Kashmir and Chenab Valley, people had expressed their emotions and aspirations as well as their ire against the civilian killings by the government forces.
Meanwhile APHC spokesman has condemned the house confinement of senior Hurriyat Leader Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and APHC Media Advisor Adv. Shahid-ul-Islam.