SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has termed the draconian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act, as a hanging sword on the Kashmiris, saying that under the Act Indian troops have been given a license to kill innocent Kashmiris.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar thanked the Kashmiri people for observing complete shutdown, the other day, against the custodial killing of a youth in Bandipora. He said that all the Indian army officers including the new army chief were directly or indirectly involved in the killing of people and other war crimes in occupied Kashmir. He maintained that killings in the territory would continue to take place until these officers were made answerable in the International Court of Justice.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, at a gathering in Safa Kadal area of Srinagar said that the resolution of the conflict Kashmir would prove a key to the peace in South Asia and urged India to demonstrate sincerity for its settlement.
APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, and the Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies, in their separate statements condemned the Indian media for misleading reportage of an incident in Bijbehara where three women tourists were killed due to a gas cylinder blast in a vehicle, yesterday.
The statements said that a section of media had been hell bent on maligning the image of Kashmiris for over two decades and never bothered to report the real situation of the occupied territory. The Indian media had reported that the tourists were killed after a grenade lobbed by some unidentified persons exploded in the vehicle.
On the other hand, the Indian police, today, arrested Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Zafar Akbar Butt, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Javed Ahmad Mir and human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo from Ajas when they were on their way to Bandipora to express solidarity with the family of a youth who was recently martyred in custody by Indian troops.
A senior police official involved in the investigation of Bandipora killing told media men that it was a case of staged encounter and an agent of Indian army had lured the victim and one of his friends to the site of fake clash.
A youth was injured after some unidentified assailant fired on him in Shopian.