Under AFSPA, forces given absolute powers to kill at will: Mirwaiz

BK News Desk/Srinagar
January 31, 2018 STATE 270 Views

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who continues to be under in-house detention said that “killing Kashmiris with impunity and severe repression upon them, shows cowardice of Indian state that makes great claims to world leadership but does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute and instead wants to contain it through its Military might.”
Mirwaiz said “this approach will neither alter the fact of the dispute nor will people of Kashmir give up their demand for its just resolution in accordance with their aspirations .”
In a statement issued to Brighter Kashmir, he said “under the draconian laws like disturbed areas act, (DAA) and armed forces special powers act (AFSPA),forces have been given absolute powers to kill at will, with no fear of prosecution or accountability.”
“ In fact even a hint towards these laws and the consequent mayhem they let loose upon Kashmiris is immediately brushed aside by the state arguing that it will “lower the morale of the forces”. And instead such acts are valorized and rewarded by the state,” Mirwaiz said.
He said “with state killings and severe subjugation becoming the norm ,many among Kashmir’s educated youth unfortunately feel compelled to take up arms and resist this oppression and fight for their birth right.”
Mirwaiz said all space for peaceful agitation for our fundamental political right stands completely “chocked and crushed.”
“ There is no way left for the younger generation to give vent to their feelings and aspirations peacefully and democratically.Everywhere in Kashmir, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation looms large. People feel completely unsafe and vulnerable to the forces whims everywhere ,even in their homes.”
He said the recent killings of two youth in Shopian district and another young boy a day earlier bear this painful fact.
“Such killings by forces in Kashmir have become routine since past three decades. He said every day we carry the coffins of our youth on our shoulders and there is hardly any village or lane in Kashmir which hasn’t been turned red with the blood of innocents.”
Mirwaiz said “while pro-freedom leadership stays caged or in lock ups ,we are not even allowed to visit the families of those martyred and mourn with them such is the height of cruelty. With every killing entire Kashmir is turned into a military fortress, especially the downtown areas and Internet and other communication lines are snapped so that people do not even protest .”
“And then a sham of a probe is enacted to settle the situation back to Normal as if Kashmiri are fools and cannot see through this charade.”

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