Mirwaiz Visits Pellet Victim Hiba Nisar, Demands Ban On Shotguns In Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 12: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday demanded an immediate ban on the use of pellet guns saying these are now being used against the infants.

Mirwaiz in a statement issued today said Kashmir is the only place in the world where lethal pellets are used against a populace with impunity as a means of repression and dealing with civilian protests.

He said that the Government of India (GoI) does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute instead wants to exert forced control over the people and territory of J&K by using its forces.

Mirwaiz said these forces are armed with special powers and laws to free them from any accountability and prosecution, the consequence of which is that today our toddlers are also not safe in their mothers lap as was seen in the case of 18-month-old baby Hiba Jan who was showered with pellets at her home and today doctors are struggling to save her badly perforated eye.

“Mirwaiz visited the SMHS hospital where this toddler baby Hiba, a shocking victim of pellet horror underwent a second eye-surgery in just a five days, was deeply pained to see her in such condition and expressed solidarity with her distraught parents praying for the little angle’s speedy recovery,” a Hurriyat (M) statement said adding that Mirwaiz told her parents that entire Kashmir was praying for the speedy recovery of their daughter.

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It was an emotionally charged moment in the hospital when Mirwaiz said that such inhuman act of violence inflicted upon infants will break the heart of any person having a heart and he was no exception, the statement said, adding, “Little Hiba who is writhing in pain stands an eye-opener for the entire international community and people of India as to how ruthless and brute force can be that it can even be used against infants and toddlers in Kashmir.”

Mirwaiz asked the GoI to immediately stop this “tyrannical and most cruel” use of pellet guns. He also urged the international community to take strong note of the use of pellets on Kashmiri people being used as a means of repression and take steps in ensuring the use of pellets is banned in Valley.

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