‘Untill India addresses political problem of Kashmir militarily, Kashmiris will be forced to pick up arms’

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Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday said Kashmiri youth will continue to pick up arms as long as India uses force to address the dispute.

“As long as Govt of India address the political and humanitarian problem of Kashmir militarily and through force Kashmiri will continue to die or be forced to pick up arms for resistance,” said Mirwaiz, in a tweet.

He said that the “onus for this and its repercussions is completely on them”.

Mirwaiz took to social networking website, Twitter after the killing of eight militants and two civilians in gunfights and clashes in Shopian.

“More havoc for #Kashmiris who are at the receiving end of execution and repression as the toll of civilians brutally killed has risen to 2 while 8 militants have been martyred, 100s of people injured and many hit in the eye by pellets used by Indian forces in #Shopian,” he wrote in another tweet.

Eleven militants were killed in the twin operations at Dragad and Kachdor. Seven militants were killed in Dragad, and three killed in Kachdor where the forces blasted the house to kill the remaining militants when reports last came.

One militant Rouf Bashir Khanday was killed and his associate Imran Rashid was arrested during an overnight gunfight at Brunty Dialgam in Anantnag district.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik on Sunday called for a Kashmir-wide shutdown. The Shutdown call is for Sunday and Monday.

A civilian youth was killed, while a dozen others were injured near the gunfight sites.

Police sources in Srinagar and Shopian have identified the killed militants as Yawar Itoo, a resident Safnagri Zainpora, Nazim Nazir of Nagbal, Adil Thokar of Homhona, Ubair Shafi Malla, a resident of Trenz, Rais Thokar of Paderpora, Ishafaq Malik of Pinjoora and Zubair Turay of Shopian town.


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