Sopore massacre anniversary today

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and the chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai have paid glowing tributes to the victims of Sopore massacre on its 26th anniversary being observed on January 6.

Recalling the Sopore massacre Geelani, in a statement, said, “The nation has witnessed such barbaric acts for the last several decades and anybody with a human heart can never forget such brutality.”

“It was a bone-chilling cold of a harsh winter, when the so-called votaries of non-violence, poured in, showering bullets all around, killing whosoever came their way ruthlessly, inhumanely and beastly. Inhuman forces downed the shutters of the nearby shops and burnt alive all the shopkeepers inside their shops,” Geelani said while remembering the ill-fated day of January 6, 1993.

He said, “Humanity may have never witnessed such a heinous crime when a toddler snatched from the lap of his mother was thrown into the flames and when the hapless mother protested, she too was silenced forever by the bullets. Whole town was in rubble, houses and shops were turned into ashes and horror stories and ghastly tales were all around which shiver a person down his spine. This madness of these killers didn’t stop there, they fired upon and burnt a bus en-route to Bandipora, killing and burning alive all its passengers.”

“In this dance of death, 57 innocents were killed, 120 houses and 350 shops were gutted. It was a unique New Year gift from the masters of our traitors. Sopore has a distinction of being politically mature and emotionally affiliated with the Kashmir movement, for which it has been an eye-sore of the stooges and this doomsday of 6th January was just an act of revenge to subjugate and suppress the population,” Geelani said.

He said, “The conscious and mature nations can never afford to forget their heroes. The trigger happy forces hardly differentiate on the party affiliations and they don’t spare anybody, as the Kashmiri Muslim identity is more than enough to legalize such lethal punishment.”

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“Shrieks and wailing, death and destruction everywhere has not changed the mindset of our traitors and they still continue to trade our blood, flesh, and honour for their lust of power,” he said.

Geelani said, “A so-called enquiry commission immediately set as a fire fighting measure to calm down the agitating mobs, is yet to prosecute any killer and they roam around freely rather being rewarded for their heinous crimes. The mortgaged and sold out class is on the forefront of clarification and explanation for every deceitful attempt to throttle us.”

“We reiterate the JRL call for complete shutdown in north Kashmir’s Sopore town on January 6 to mark the anniversary of this massacre and appeal people to participate in the collective Fateh-a- Khawani of the victims,” he said.

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai

Meanwhile, chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai also paid glorious tributes to the victims of Sopore massacre.

In a statement here Sehrai said, “The sacrifices of martyrs are a priceless asset. Conscious and great nations never forget their heroes and they continue their struggle .The sacrifices would be protected at all costs.”

Sehrai said, “Even after 26 years down the line perpetrators still are enjoying the impunity and roaming free which is a tragedy in itself.”

He said, “Situation in Kashmir is rapidly deteriorating and war crimes and crimes against humanity and it has been characterized by complete impunity. There is no domestic mechanism capable of or willing to investigate, prosecute and convict perpetrators, of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Neither is there a willingness to put in place such a mechanism.”

Sehrai appealed to the international community to investigate this massacre and other similar incidents in Kashmir and identify the personnel belonging to government forces involved in the war crimes. “Families of the victims are waiting for the justice that has been denied to them,” he added.

-GK WEB DESK-

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