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Political parties condemn killing of protestors


Srinagar, Dec 15

Mainstream political parties in Saturday condemned the killing of protesting civilians in clashes with security forces at the site of an encounter in Pulwama district, with Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah calling the incident a “massacre”.
National Conference leader Omar Abdullah called it a “horrible day” after the death of at least 10 people, including 3 militants, in the state, and also labelled it as a “badly executed encounter”. He tweeted, “Another blood soaked weekend in Kashmir. 6 protestors killed, 1 solider killed in the line of duty. Together with the 3 militants from this morning's encounter that's 10 dead. Reports of many injured at the encounter site. What a horrible day!”
Expressing shock and anguish over the killing of civilian protestors by security forces in Pulwama today following an encounter, PDP President and former Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti said the incident has left the whole State terrified.
PDP president and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said no country can win a war by killing its own people.
and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president G A Mir expressed anguish over the killings and described them as very unfortunate, sad and highly condemnable.
Calling for an end to bloodshed, Mir said, “The civilian killings in Pulwama could have been avoided had the forces followed the SOP (standard operating procedure) properly, but unfortunately that has not happened,” he said.
The JKPCC chief said the central as well as the Jammu and Kashmir government have “miserably failed” to restore peaceful atmosphere in the Valley.
He urged the forces to exercise restraint while dealing with the militant-related activities and ensure no harm to civilians.
He expressed hope that the administration abandons “its Rambo mindset”.
CPI(M) leader and former legislator M Y Tarigami while expressing pain and sorrow over the “brutal killings”, said “for the BJP, Kashmir is expendable for its narrow electoral interests.” “Condemnation and ordering a probe after every killing is not enough. What is required is making security forces accountable and punishing those responsible for such unfortunate killings,” he said.
National conference leader Ali Mohammad Sagar expressed solidarity with the bereaved families, he demanded an immediate end to “impunity to security forces in such cases”.
BJP's choicest candidate for CM's post and Peoples Conference (PC) chairman and former minister, Sajjad Gani Lone on Saturday said that it is better to call off the military operation when there is even a remote chance of civilian killings.
Lone in a series of tweet expressed sympathy with the bereaved families of Pulwama who lost their beloved today post gunfight clashes.
He said that the preparedness of security forces would in the Pulwama context be the ability to make the distinction between combatants and non combatants.
Separatists comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohd Yasin Malik on Saturday said that south of Kashmir has been turned into a graveyard for its people especially the youth, as eleven of its residents were killed today by the armed forces who went on a rampage in Pulwama, as Govt of executes its war on Kashmir.

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