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Kashmiri youth being selectively killed: Mirwaiz

Kashmiri youth being selectively killed: Mirwaiz
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Says mass unity at this juncture inevitable to protect priceless sacrifices

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman and Jamia Masjid’s head cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was Friday allowed to deliver sermons before the mandatory congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid.
After the authorities allowed congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid after three consecutive weeks, Mirwaiz who was also freed from 20-day-long house detention, termed the prevailing situation as ‘worrisome’.
“Kashmir was passing through the worst phase of repression as bloodshed and oppression have touched new heights in the Valley,” he said.
Addressing a gathering, Mirwaiz said, “Kashmir’s every inch is witnessing open aggression and worst ever State terrorism as entire Valley has been turned into a slaughter house for the only reason that its people want their legitimate birth right, i.e. the right to self determination.”
“Kashmiri youth are being selectively killed, houses blown up with explosives, its inmates including women are being thrashed and the resistance leadership booked under draconian PSA which signifies the gravity of the prevailing situation in Kashmir,” he said.
Mirwaiz said lakhs of forces present across the length and breadth of Kashmir who have unleashed ‘a reign of terror’ with the result people have started feeling highly insecure as people in various villages in South Kashmir have already started migrating to other places due to fear created by the presence of forces.
“The genuine political, social and religious rights are being muzzled through military might, besides the Kashmir’s grand mosque, Jama Masjid is deliberately targeted to silence the voice of people,” he said.
Mirwaiz said since elections are nearing in India, the right wing parties including RSS and BJP are leaving no stone unturned in fulfilling their agenda by resorting to ultimate repression and killings as part of their vote bank politics.
He urged the people of Jammu and Kashmir to forge unity against this ultimate repression, the same way they did when an open assault was launched on the Article 35-A, forcing the Supreme Court of India to adjourn the hearing on the issue.
Mirwaiz said mass unity at this juncture is highly inevitable to protect and safeguard the priceless sacrifices.
Paying tributes to the slain who were killed from previous weeks, Mirwaiz said “every single citizen of Kashmir and the resistance leadership is indebted to our youth and duty bound to protect the sacrifices being offered by the people on a daily basis.”
Meanwhile, a peaceful protest sit-in was organized outside Jamia Masjid after Friday prayers against the bloodbath and oppression.
The protest rally was attended by the Hurriyat (M) and Awami Action Committee members and activists who were carrying pla-cards demanding an end to killings and state oppression.
Moreover, Hurriyat (M) spokesman paid tributes to the slain militant of Sopore Naseer Ahmed Teli who was killed at Handwara on Thursday evening in an encounter with forces.
He said that government forces are on the path of killing spree.
The spokesman strongly condemned the death of an aged woman during the CASO at Pulwama stating that such incidents reflect the level of fear inflicted on the innocent people of Kashmir by the forces.

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