Hurriyet leaders urge ICJ to take note of the matter
Srinagar, May 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the honouring of Indian Army Major Leetul Gogoi over tying a Kashmiri youth to an army jeep and using him as a human shield in the territory.
The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement issued in Srinagar while terming the move as extremely distressing and shameful, said, “Honouring such an officer clearly vindicates our claim that this is a state sponsored policy and if not stopped will prove detrimental for human lives.”
“We are looking for International Court of Justice (ICJ) to intervene in the case,” he said, describing the army officer’s act as a severe crime against humanity. “The international forums need to take cognisance and without any discrimination deliver justice to uphold the sanctity and dignity of human values,” he added.
The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in his statement said, the decision to commend and honour the army officer shows that Indian government as well as its institutions that operate in Kashmir have internalised the occupational mindset towards the Kashmiri people whom they see and treat as their serfs. “Today such fascist mindset is increasingly on display in India especially while dealing with the people of Kashmir and minorities in the name of nationalism. And the jingoistic Indian media is fanning its flames,” he said. “Such decisions also expose the much flaunted democratic credentials of Indian state globally and reassure us about the fairness of our struggle against an oppressor,” he added.
The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik, in s statement said, “It is the belief of fascists that they can only rule masses through hatred, terror, and intimidations. This is why we find Indian forces killing Kashmiris with impunity; maiming and blinding people shamelessly and oppressing humans openly.” He said that honouring an officer who committed a crime that was considered as most disgraceful in the civilised world had once again proved that Jammu and Kashmir was a police state that was run according to whims and wishes of army, police and paramilitary forces. Yasin Malik also condemned the innocent killings at Manchester terror attack saying that no human can tolerate such acts of brutality.
APHC General Secretary and the Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, reacting to the honouring of Indian Army’s officer over using a Kashmiri youth as a human shield urged the world to take serious note of the matter. He said that using human as a shield was a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions and UN Charter.