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Over 400 Kashmiris killed by forces in 2018 so far: JRL

Over 400 Kashmiris killed by forces in 2018 so far: JRL
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Srinagar: Condemning what they termed as ‘barbarism let loose against the people of Kashmir by government forces’, Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Saturday said that with two civilian killings today, this year alone more than 400 Kashmiri’s have been killed.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and incarcerated Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued here said that “the gruesome killing of civilians Ishfaq Ahmad, a carpenter by profession who was shot dead on spot on mere suspicion of passing by a bunker, and young Muskan Jan pumped with bullets in her abdomen during a protest, wrings at our hearts and deeply grieves the nation.”
“It is extremely sad that GOI has no compunction in allowing such inhumanity to continue by giving unbridled powers to its forces to kill innocent people are day in and out,” they said.
The trio said with these two murders this year alone more than 400 Kashmiri’s have been killed.
“It clearly reflects that New Delhi believes in a policy of military might to suppress Kashmiris and their aspirations,” they said.
JRL said that the world community has to break its silence in the face of such oppression and urge government of India to stop these unabated killing and put a halt to its military approach.
The trio appealed people to hold a candle light vigil and torch processions on 25th November Sunday after Magrib prayers against the ongoing killing spree in Kashmir. “The policy of targeting pro freedom leadership by the state continues. The killing of TeH leaders Mir Hafizullah is a serious assault,” they said.
JRL said that such tactics will have no bearing either on the peoples movement or Leaderships resolve in supporting it.
The leadership said the incarcerated leaders and activists have been shifted to Haryana prison in ‘blatant violation’ of Supreme Court ruling.
Trio said that these are aimed at psychologically torturing Kashmiri prisoners, and their families to lodge them thousands of miles away from their home state.
“While we condemn any killing, the arrest of two women on mere suspicion in connection with the killing of two BJP leaders in Kishtwar is vindictive and authoritarian,” they said, expressing its serious concern over the mounting pressure on the Muslim community in Kishtwar after the killing of two BJP leaders .
Demanding the immediate release of two women arrested in Kishtwar, JRL added that the resistance leadership would never favour murder of a person just for his political or ideological belief but the way Muslims of Kithwar belt are being harassed, is no way to catch culprits.

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