Srinagar, Jun 20: Hurriyat Conference (G) expressed shock over fire incident in Shalimar Srinagar and said that that after Champions trophy final between India and Pakistan, the forces went berserk, set on fire the shops, ruthlessly beat people and smashed properties in Ashitengu, Seelo Sopore and Bandipora.
People love Pakistan and this is the reason that forces out of vengeful act thrash civilians and target properties, added Hurriyat.
Demanding probe into the fire incident in which shops worth millions were gutted, Hurriyat said that these shops belong to poor traders and these business centers were the sole source of income.
Hurriyat (G) spokesman in a detailed statement about the incident said that local on telephone informed and revealed that Sunday night after the Pakistan won champions trophy, the people and particularly youth of the locality celebrated the victory and burst a few crackers.
The locals alleged that forces personal stationed in nearby camp were outraged, went berserk and later set all shops on fire.
Spokesman said that forces went berserk at many places in state and in Sellu Sopore, Ashitengu village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district ransacked properties and smashed window pans.
The residents alleged that army and SOG men fired at many places, broke windowpanes of residential houses, local Jamia Masjid, damaged several vehicles parked on roadsides and thrashed civilians to pulp, said spokesman.
Spokesman while blaming forces for vandalism, said that it is sheer state sponsored terrorism and unjustified and people are left at the mercy of forces and SOG personnel. The oppression has now reached extreme limits. Brutalities are being reported from every nook and cranny of the Kashmir Valley,” he added
Lashing at authority’s spokesman said that no accountability exists there and state administration is acting as mute spectator.
Pro-Pakistan slogans and love for that country is nothing new and those who are familiar with Kashmiri know there is nothing new in it. Since the Pakistan came into existence, people love that country and it is quite a normal phenomenon, said spokesman.
Love, sentiments and passion, all are natural instinct and hence it is not an offence, said spokesman. Pakistan as a party to the issue supports our cause on political and diplomatic level, hence people feel jubilant on these occasions, added spokesman.
Natural impulses can’t be suppressed by coercion and arrogance and hence forces action and brutalities against civilians is unjustified and illogical, said spokesman.
Indian authorities need to retrospect over the prevailing situation, respect people’s aspirations and sentiments, said he.
People in state very well understand the position of two countries and they do differentiate between an occupier and a country with sincere sentiments for oppressed people in Kashmir, said spokesman and added that moreover Pakistan supports our stance and raise voice for suppressed people in state and as such love for that country is age old practice.
Might or muscle can’t suppress these sentiment, said spokesman and added that on these occasions when people and mostly youth recall the atrocities inflicted by Indian forces, cannot control their feelings and celebrate events with full enthusiasm.
Slamming Indian media for its biased reporting, spokesman said that they are promoting hatred for Kashmiri people and run misinformation campaign, thus adding fuel to fire. (KNS)