Don’t use live ammunition against ‘your own people’: Separatists to J&K police

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: Jul 12, 2016 23:12 IST
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, leader of the hardline Hurriyat group. (HT File Photo)

Separatist leaders issued a joint appeal to Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday, requesting them to “not use live ammunition against common Kashmiris, who are your own people unlike Indian army and CRPF”.

In a joint statement by The leaders — Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik —in a joint statement said, “(They) should ask themselves as to why they have become an instrument of repression at the hands of Indian authorities in killing and injuring their own children and young men.”

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Separatists said by doing so they are not only “failing their basic responsibility to their own community” but incurring the wrath and dislike of people. The leaders claimed that the people are angry and disillusioned with them (policemen) for their role and are asking the “leadership to excommunicate and socially boycott them (police)”.

“At the end of the day, they belong to this place and those that they kill are innocent young Kashmiris,” the separatist leaders said, asking them “to refuse to carry weapons in dealing with the protesters and not become a part of the design to annihilate Kashmiris”.

Meanwhile, paying tributes to martyrs of July 13, 1931, Hizb-ul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani and others, the Jammu Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq resolved to take their mission to its logical conclusion.

In a statement, AAC informed that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq would lead a procession from Jamia Masjid Srinagar after the afternoon prayers to the Martyrs Graveyard at Naqshband Sahab shrine at Khawaja Bazaar.

It added that other separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik will lead processions to the Martyrs Graveyard where special prayers will be offered.

“AAC has also appealed the freedom-loving people of Kashmir to maintain discipline and participate in this peaceful procession that would culminate at the Martyrs Graveyard at Naqshband Sahab,” the statement said.

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