Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday questioned the silence of separatist leaders over the barbaric killing of a three-year-old boy and his father in Shopian in South Kashmir, terming their stand as “hypocritical”.
“Why are separatist leaders silent on this issue?” Omar said while reacting to the killing of toddler Arif allegedly by militants of Hizbul Mujahideen along with his father yesterday in Shopian.
Aslam Awam was fired upon indiscriminately by Hizbul militants and Arif was in his lap when the incident took place.
Hizbul Mujahideen were on a lookout for Aslam and had made an attempt on his life on the intervening night of April 14-15 also.
Though he managed to escape death, the militants killed his 60-year-old mother Reshma.
“Where are Yasin Malik and other separatist leaders? This is the worst form of hypocritical politics”, the Chief Minister said.
Omar said the situation would have been different, if the child had been accidentally killed in firing by security forces.