Age of the stone wars in Kashmir


Amnesty International Saturday urged India to investigate the recent killing of civilians in Kashmir, as thousands of troops enforced a strict curfew in parts of the revolt-hit region.

Muslim-majority Kashmir valley has been hit by strikes, demonstrations and curfews over the killing of 11 civilians during the last month by Indian police and paramilitary forces struggling to control separatist rallies.

“The organisation is calling on Indian authorities to investigate all the killings,” the London-based rights group said in a statement.

It added that “any security personnel, as well as any protesters” involved in wrongdoing should be brought to justice, and urged India to “avoid excessive use of force while dealing with demonstrators.”

The authorities in Indian Kashmir have already ordered a probe into some of the killings.

Troops have enforced a strict curfew in parts of the summer capital Srinagar, southern Anantnag and northern Kupwara towns, police said.

The curfew was briefly lifted in Anantnag on Saturday morning but had to be reimposed after protesters clashed with troops firing tear-gas.

In Srinagar, police backed by paramilitary soldiers sealed off neighbourhoods with barbed wire and blocked major roads to enforce a curfew in some parts of the city, the largest in Indian Kashmir.

A general strike called by Muslim separatists has closed shops and offices in the Kashmir valley for six days running.

Separatists have fought against rule by New Delhi for decades, struggling for independence or for Muslim-majority Kashmir to join neighbouring Pakistan.

The region’s top separatist, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Saturday called for the withdrawal of troops from civilian areas.

“The situation will improve if police and paramilitary forces are withdrawn from civilian areas,” Farooq told a news conference.

“These camps (of security forces) inside civilian areas are big irritants. There is a need to shift them,” he said, and warned New Delhi to release jailed separatist leaders or face more protests.

one member of each Kashmiri family has become prey of Indian barbarism so that’s why new generation is determined for right of self-determination.
Nehru and Sheikh Abdullah trapped some Kashmiris in 1974. puppet Chief Minister of AJK Umer Abdullah had apologized to Kashmiris for injustice committed to Kashmiris by Indians, but now he should play role for self-determination for Kashmiris. Indian military and police by force have compelled the Kashmiris to cast vote so such plebiscite neither could be said transparent nor alternative of plebiscite. India had promised for transparent elections several times and then forgat that but Pakistanis and Kashmiris have not yet forgotten.
8 Kashmiris have rendered their lives for independence some days ago and the struggle would continue. Former Indian Army chief General Deepak Kapoor and present Army Chief V Singh has urged the political resolution of Kashmir dispute. Parliament Kashmir Committee represents whole nation and ensured Kashmiris that the Committee would not leave the Kashmir in lurch and would provide political and ethical support.

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