Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has demanded stern punishment to the police men and paramilitary troopers who have killed three young boys in Islamabad town on June 29. “Our youth are being killed by Indian troops and police with impunity. Eleven youths have been killed since June 11. This is a dangerous trend. We feel that Jammu and Kashmir has been converted into a police state, where there is complete lawlessness,” he said.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while taking to media men in Srinagar, said the Hurriyet Conference supports the demands of people of Islamabad town for bringing the accused to book. “Hurriyet will leave no stone unturned to press for punishment to the killers of the innocent youth,” Mirwaiz vowed. The Mirwaiz said the ongoing protests in the disputed state against the killing of civilians in indiscriminate firing by Indian troops and police on peaceful protests were justified. “Peaceful protests will continue till Indian troops pull out from civilian areas,” he said.

“The troopers and policemen have spread reign of terror in the entire valley and the Islamabad district has been turned into a garrison and people are being harassed without any provocation,” he said. “No election, administrative changes or economic packages can be a substitute for the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people,” the Mirwaiz told a news conference in Srinagar, according to the Kashmir Media Service.

The Mirwaiz pointed out that execution of innocent Kashmiris was going on according to a conspiracy hatched by New Delhi to crush their peaceful movement. “Through brutal use of force, India will not succeed to suppress Kashmiris’ liberation struggle which is based on the principles of justice and international law,” he added.

He said Kashmiris were not averse to talks with India but before starting the dialogue process it should release Kashmiri political prisoners, withdraw its troops and revoke black laws in the disputed state. The APHC Chairman said that the government and people of India should accept the realities and the time had come that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved in proper manner, adding that the Kashmir dispute should be the focus of the upcoming talks between India and Pakistan. “New Delhi should understand the fact that it can’t hold Kashmir by force for long. It will be in India’s national interest to resolve the dispute once and for all,” he said.