Srinagar, January 25, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has paid glowing tributes to the martyrs of Handwara massacre on their 27th martyrdom anniversary and said that the day was another tragic reminder of the great sacrifices of people rendered for demanding their basic political right, right to self-determination.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar deplored 27 years back, Indian forces rained bullets on unarmed protesters killing 20 civilians at Handwara and injuring more than 50 others and no one among them was either prosecuted or punished.
Mirwaiz said since then the civilian population of Kashmir is bearing the brunt of brutal oppression and subjugation, repeatedly witnessing such massacres and mass murders at the hands of Indian forces for demanding their basic right to determine their future.
He said it is due to the sacrifices of these people that the Kashmir dispute is alive and is forcing the world to pay attention to it and influence New Delhi to resolve the dispute by giving people of Kashmir their right to self-determination so that bloodshed of Kashmiris is stopped and peace, and good will among people of the subcontinent restored.
Condemning the arbitrary arrests of innocent people, youth and children during the ongoing resistance movement, he termed it as the worst form of state terrorism. He said by filling jails, police stations and detention centres with people in fake cases and slapping draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) on hundreds of them, the ruling class was displaying its political vendetta against the freedom-loving people of Kashmir.
Meanwhile, due to the inclement weather and incessant snowfall in Kashmir, the programme of Joint resistance leadership for commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of the Handwara massacre was cut short although a prayer meeting of locals led by Hurriyet leader Haji Shah Muhammad and attended by Hurriyat workers Haji Muhammad Jamal, Abdul Majeed Dar, Muhammad Akbar Teli, Ghulam Muhammad Ganai, Mushtaq Sagar, Irshad Ahmad Dar and others was held today in Handwara in which special prayers and Fateha Khawani was offered for the Handwara martyrs and all the martyrs of Kashmir.
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