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Kashmiris Express Solidarity For Amarnath Yatra Attack Victims, Fear The Attacks Might Be Used To Inflict Violence Upon Them

July 12, 2017 | By

Srinagar:  As per the media reports number of Kashmiri students, academicians, traders and activists in their hundreds here on Tuesday while holding  placards saying “silence is criminal”, “every life is valuable’’ etc, organised sit-ins in Srinagar to condemn the killing of Amarnath pilgrims.

“We feel the pain of these yatris…,” a known human rights activists from the valley Khurram Parvez said. “We know what a killing means. Kashmiris are very conscious of this pain and therefore we do not want this pain to be inflicted on anyone.’’ he adds.

Additionally he stated that  civilian killings have always outraged Kashmiris. “…we have always expressed the demand that there should be fair investigations into these mysterious killings.”

While interacting with the media academic Sidiq Wahid said there is not a single Kashmiri who is not saddened. “But the other extreme is that we are all angry because of the kind of ambiguity, kind of uncertainty that has surrounded this horrible incident.’’

Students and activists protest in Srinagar against the attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

Reports said that protesters started pouring in groups from early Tuesday to protest against the killing. A group of social activists arrived first, followed by representatives of the Valley’s tour and travel operators, political activists and the members of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI). “Our pain and condemnation is beyond words,” said social activist Irfan Hafiz Lone.

A student participant reportedly said that “This (attack) is against the ethos of Kashmir,” he further stated “We do not know who has done it. But whosoever has done it, he cannot be a friend of humanity.’’

 “We believe that no one deserves to be killed, raped or blinded. We feel that people of India should come forward and express the same kind of outrage which Kashmiris are expressing on the killing of Indians,” Khurram Parvez said.

 “There has to be an equal outrage in India as well when Kashmiri civilians are killed.’’

Furthermore, he added that there is no outrage when Kashmiris are “killed, raped or blinded’’. “We do not want these killings to be used against the Kashmiri people to further legitimise the violence against people of Kashmir.’’

“It is a part of our composite culture. Nobody should ever be harassed or killed in the name of religion.” Ibrahim Shahdad, former  KCCI president purportedly said while leading the protest.

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