Separatists regret killing of CRPF personnel in J&K

Separatists regret killing of CRPF personnel in J&K

Indian soldiers stand guard near the site of Thursday's suicide bomb attack in Lethpora in south Kashmir's Pulwama district February 15, 2019. REUTERS

Separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik on Friday regretted the killings of 49 para-military CRPF personnel in Pulwama fidayeen attack.

In a statement they said that people and leadership of Kashmir regret every killing that happens on its soil. “As we witness killing of our loved ones our young and shoulder their coffins each day we can feel and understand the pain and sense of loss that the family and friends of those who are killed go through.”

“The delay in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, the denial to engage with the sentiments and aspirations of the people of J&K and instead the use of a muscular military approach to counter an essentially political and human problem, is wreaking havoc in Kashmir especially on our next generation. Those who are here to execute this policy are also under stress and paying a price with their lives,” they said.

The separatist trio alleged that militarization, cordon-and-search-operations (CASOs), use of bullets and pellets, blowing up homes, blinding and maiming, PSAs and torture “as a means to crush legitimate political aspirations of a people has not only failed but worsened the situation.”

“if this death dance has to stop, if hatred and revenge has to stop, if killing and counter-killings has to stop and if we really want peace in the region, we have to put an end to hostilities. And the most effective and civilized manner to do so, is to reach out and engage and listen to the concerns of all three stakeholders and address them in the spirit of humanity and justice. Resolve the Kashmir dispute for all times,” they demanded.