Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir was speaking after the Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid Islamabad, where he said that no combatant was found in Shopian but it was only civilians who were harassed. “All the forces of government are hell bent to harass Kashmiris only because they are coming out in support of their demand for right to self determination. It is high time that Indian government should realise that using force will not lead anywhere but they will only face more resistance,” he said.
While a member of UeI and head preacher of Turkwangam. Yawar Mazroobi led a protest against the army harassment after prayers, Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir also added that after the so called “combing operation” it was proved that a Kashmiri driver was used as human shield who was killed during an attack. “He was unwillingly and forcibly made to ferry army to and fro from sites and camps that led to his death. In the last six months, the number of deaths of civilians who are non-combatants is higher than the number of combatants martyred,” he noted.
Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir also said that the students’ movement is a ray of hope and everyone should support them taking lead in Kashmir’s politics. “We must all come out to support these students and let them not be alone. They are future and we should be proud of them,” he said. He also demanded that the arrested students must be released and their families should not be harassed.