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Freedom leaders demand probe by international body into Lolab killings

Srinagar, February 26, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, freedom leaders, demanding the identity of the slain youth in Lolab area of Kupwara, have called for a probe by an international agency into the killings.

The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani reacting to the gruesome killings in the area in a statement issued from New Delhi, said, “Seven people have been killed in a suspicious manner. Human rights violations by the Indian forces are at peak in Kashmir. We demand an impartial probe by a transparent agency.”

He said it was unfortunate that people were being killed in a doubtful manner. “People are being killed first and then incidents are portrayed as encounters,” he said.

“After it was proven that Machil and Pathribal encounters were fake, it becomes obligatory for the international bodies to come forward to save the lives of people of Kashmir,” he stressed. He said there is a question mark on all encounters that have taken place so far. The veteran leader announced a general strike on Friday against the Lolab incident.

He demanded that the War Crime Tribunal of United Nations should probe the veracity of all encounters that have taken place in the territory. “If world bodies won’t play their role at this juncture, the killings of Kashmiri youth would continue,” Gilani warned.

The All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “Lolab incident can be another Machil. All encounters that have taken place in Kashmir since 1989 are under cloud. We demand a transparent probe into the incident. We don’t trust army and police claims,” he said.

“People still remember encounter like Pathribal, Machil, Ganderbal, Brakpora and many other incidents where innocent civilians were first abducted and later killed in cold blood,” he said.

The personnel of Indian army’s 18 Rashtriya Rifles and other paramilitary forces killed the youth in a fake encounter during a siege and search operation at Dardpora in Lolab area of the district.
Joining the chorus, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik commenting on the killings said, “We know the fate of hundreds of probes ordered in past 25 years, so rather than demanding a probe into Lolab incident, we demand identity of all those killed should be revealed forthwith.”

APHC leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zafar Akbar Butt paying glowing tributes to Lolab martyrs said that martyrdom of youths was the assets of the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom struggle.

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