Kashmiri leader accuses government of mistreating civilians

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The Indian Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has raised concerns over the bad treatment of civilians in Kashmir and accused both coalition parties PDP (Peoples Democratic Party), and BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party), of being responsible for the grievances.

According to reports by NDTV, Azad expressed his views while addressing Rajya Sabha, also called the Council of States, which is the upper house of the Parliament of India, on the current unrest in Kashmir. “Please do not push the Kashmiris against the wall by treating civilians like militants. Please do not use disproportionate force against the residents of the valley”.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Kashmiri leader, addresses Rajya Sabha Or the Council of States is the upper house of the Parliament of India [Video photo]

Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Kashmiri leader, addresses Rajya Sabha Or the Council of States is the upper house of the Parliament of India [screen shot]

“Should locals be treated the same way we treat militants? Should the same bullets that are used on militants be used on innocent people of the state?” Azad asked, quoted by the NDTV.

The ten-day long curfew is underway in Kashmir after clashes between civilians and the government arose after the Kashmiri insurgent leader, Burhan Wani of the Hizbul Mujahideen, was killed. Protests started,  and agitation came to a head across Kashmir, leading to the death of 42 civilians.

Local English newspaper publishing from Kashmir has been suspended; “Earlier on Saturday, an unruly mob torched a police picket in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Police opened fire at the mob, resulting in the death of a youth”, the Indian Express reported.

In addition, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, has called for an independent investigation in the killing of Kashmiris.

The funeral prayers for the Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, prayed in Pakistan.

[Tweet from Jamat e Islami Pakistan’s official account in Urdu. Translation: “Rahim Yar Khan, Professor Ibrahim lead the absence funeral prayer of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Martyrd Muzzafar Wani, and other martyrs of Kashmir.”]

Wani is reported to be one of the young commanders who was popular among the Kashmiri youths because of his influential media followings for the “freedom” campaign. His death has once again stirred the situation in the state held by the Indian government.

India and Pakistan have bitter past over the Kashmir issue, and it has led the two countries to war and cease fires since the creation of Pakistan.


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Malik Achakzai covering, Afghanistan, Pakistan, politics, culture, development, relations, climate change and religions. Having master in Mass Communication from University of Balochistan, have worked for several media organizations including Voice of America, United Press International, The Friday Times, Afghanistan Times, Daily Times Pakistan, News Lens Pakistan as freelancer for last 8 years. @AfghanJourno