‘A strategic genocide’, says KEA Chairperson on Shopian Killing

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‘If Chief Minister says that killings won’t resolve Kashmir why do killings continue to take place’

The Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Chairman, Haji Mohammed Yasin Khan has condemned the continued bloodbath terming it “genocide” of Kashmiri’s Muslims by the government.

In a statement, Khan who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) said such dance of death cannot facilitate restoration of peace. “If Chief Minister says that killings won’t resolve Kashmir why do killings continue to take place.”

“In the garb of AFSPA, the Army and other armed forces have been unleashing terror on innocent Kashmiris and that human rights violation have reached the proportions of war crimes, the government should feel ashamed for its failure to safeguard precious human life, This all suggests a strategic genocide,” said Khan.

Expressing sympathies with the bereaved families, Khan said such killings would only fester Kashmir crises than bring any fruitful results.

Khan appealed the international community including the United States of America to actively contribute towards the solution of Kashmir issue so that sustainable peace is restored in the subcontinent.

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The statement came in the aftermath of killing of three civilians and a militant, who were killed in a firing incident in Shopian district on Sunday.

However, the Army has claimed that the three civilians killed were ‘Over Ground Workers’ of the militants. An Army Spokesman claimed that militants, who were travelling in a vehicle in Pohan area of the district attacked a joint Mobile Vehicle Check Post, at 20:00 hours.

Opposition party National Conference demanded a probe into the Shopian killings where two militants and four militants were killed on Sunday late evening. On its official Twitter handle, NC wrote: “We are deeply shocked and grieved at the continued and unabated bloodshed in Kashmir.”

“The Shopian killings cannot be justified with an arbitrary, unproven pronouncement of the youth being OGWs. The circumstances and details should be probed and made public by the State Govt”.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that she was deeply distressed due to the civilian killings in Shopian.

The chief minister tweeted her condolences to the families of the people who were ‘caught in cross fire’.

In the aftermath of the blood bath in Shopian, a dead body of another civilian has been found, taking the death toll to five.

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