Srinagar, April 18, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, pro-freedom leaders and organizations including Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front-R (JKLF-R) and Voice of Victims (VoV) have criticized international community and human rights organizations for maintaining silence over right abuses in the territory. The leaders in their separate statements also condemned the killing of five civilians including a woman and teenager in firing by Indian troops in Kupwara.
Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, who is under house detention, in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the killing of civilians as barbarism by the Indian troops and slammed the international community for being a mute spectator to the situation. He added that despite repeated pleas from Kashmiris, the international community particularly the United Nations had totally failed to provide justice to the Kashmiris.
Javaid Ahmad Mir in his statement in Srinagar, denouncing the Kupwara killings, urged the world community to take note of the reign of terror let loose by Indian government and its forces in Kashmir. He criticized the world human rights organizations for their criminal silence for last seven decades. International community is always doing only lip service in the form of statements and condemnations, he deplored.
The JKLF-R in its statement issued in Srinagar condemned the firing on peaceful protesters at Nathnusa in Handwara and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. It said that the sacrifices of Kashmiri martyrs would not be allowed to go waste and the movement would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs.
The Executive Director of VoV, a local human rights forum, Abdul Qadeer in a statement in Srinagar condemned killing of civilians in Kupwara. Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi and Gulam Nabi War in a joint statement while condemning the killings called upon international community, particularly the United States to play its role for settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
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