Mirwaiz Umar during a press conference in Srinagar on Thursday

Says, ‘Kashmiris had continuously been at receiving end of such brutalities’

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 22: While paying glowing tributes to the victims of Bijbehara massacre on their 25th anniversary, incarcerated Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that it was black day in the history of Kashmir.

“53 innocents were killed & more than 70 persons were injured by Indian forces at Bijbehara as people were protesting against the siege of Dargah Hazratbal shrine,” said a statement, issued by Hurriyat (M).

Mirwaiz said Kashmiris had continuously been at the receiving end of such brutalities. Hawal, Zakura, Gaw Kadal, Bijbehara and Chattisinghpora massacres were just a few examples where people had been butchered mercilessly and that these incidents had left an indelible mark on the psyche of the people as it was impossible for them to nurse their wounds.

Mirwaiz said that as govt of India has shielded the culprits of these massacres rather than punishing them , it was a glaring example of how the Indian State has operated ruthlessly in Kashmir for the past 30 years.

“Paying tributes to all the martyrs of Kashmir’s resistance movement from 1931 to the recent martyrs of Kulgam”, he said, nations and dignified and thoughtful people always remember their martyrs and their sacrifices and safeguard them till times immemorial.

Mirwaiz said these martyrs had sacrificed their today for the better tomorrow of their fellow beings but as their mission of taking the ongoing resistance movement remained unaccomplished, it was the duty and responsibility of both the people and the resistance leadership to take the resistance movement forward towards the goal of freedom.

The APHC Chairman urged the Government of India should give up its obduracy, and accept the reality that it has to address the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of its people. (KNS)

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