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Time for ‘unified agitation’ against search ops, killings: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, Oct 23:  Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Tuesday asked people to prepare for a “unified agitation” against the killing of youth “through the forces’ Cordon and Search Operations (CASO)”.

Ahead of his detention outside his Nigeen residence for attempting to march towards Lal Chowk, Mirwaiz said, “Entire Kashmir has been turned into a slaughterhouse”.

“The time has come that we should gear up and unitedly protest against the CASOs and killings. The agitation needs to be launched on the pattern of people’s movement seen earlier this year to defend Article 35-A,” he said.

Mirwaiz said their requests to government for constituting commissions and enquiries over civilian killing has yielded nothing so far.

“Time to make such requests has gone, and people will have to come forward to save the lives of our youth. J&K has been turned into a police state and our rights are being continuously suppressed under shadow of gun,” he said.

Hurriyat (M) Chairman said, “The massacres and genocide of Kashmiris has been a matter of a state policy for India against Kashmir.”

“For how long India will continue suppression of Kashmiri nation? In Kulgam, innocent civilians have been killed and even a pregnant woman wasn’t spared a day before. The forces are using anti-tank missiles to blow up houses of Kashmiris,” he said.

Mirwaiz urged the United Nations, Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) and International Court to Justice (ICJ) to take note of “large scale human rights abuse in Kashmir”.

“The Human Rights bodies should interfere sooner, otherwise the loss of human lives won’t stop in Kashmir,” he said.

He criticised the government’s policy of imposing curbs on the separatist leadership.

“Our social, economic and religious freedom is being curbed as we are not allowed to agitate. We saw that Yasin sahab, Geelani Sahab have been already detained. The voices of Kashmiris can’t be suppressed and struggle for our rights and truth shall continue,” he said.

On Kulgam killings, he said that the entire Kashmir will support the sufferers and victim families to fight for the justice.