PDP’s silence on award to army officer criminal, says Mirwaiz


Srinagar, The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday urged international human rights organizations to intervene and stop “growing war crimes” in Kashmir. He also questioned the “silence” by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party over the award given to an army officer for tying a Kashmiri man to a jeep as human shield.

Addressing a Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said: “I urge the world rights organizations to play their role at this crucial juncture when war crimes have become a routine in Kashmir.”

Referring to human shield victim, Mirwaiz said: “Farooq Ahmed Dar was beaten ruthlessly by forces and then tied to bonnet of an Army jeep. He was paraded through various villages for seven hours. He was even denied water and later tied to a tree in a CRPF camp before being released.”

“Announcements were made through public address systems that ‘this is the way locals will be treated’ while ‘I am a stone-pelter’ was written on a piece of paper hung around Dar’s neck,” Mirwaiz said.

He said the entire episode was a “pre-planned move” and not a spot decision taken by the Army Major. “If, according to the Major, it was done to save his team from stone-pelting, why was Dar paraded for seven hours through many villages?” he asked. “The objective was two-fold: revenge and retribution and send a clear and stern message to locals and people of Kashmir that this is how they will be treated if they dare to stand up for their rights.”

Mirwaiz said by felicitating the army officer for the “anti-human act”, the Government of India and its army chief have “blurred the lines between a fascist and a democratic regime.”

Mirwaiz termed the silence maintained by ruling PDP over the condemnable incident as “criminal and shameful.”

“The fact remains that PDP is hand-in-glove with New Delhi and wants to save its chair by remaining silent on the issue of young man being used as a human shield,” he said.

After the culmination of Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz led a march against Army’s award to its Major.