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The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq condemned the recent civilian killings in Pulwama and said that every civilian killing by forces have led to increased anger among people against New Delhi. He also said that Delhi has been has been mishandling the Kashmir situation for the past several decades by ignoring ground realities.

On Friday, while giving the sermon at Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Mirwaiz said that the homicide policies of New Delhi against Kashmiris would increase alienation and their anger. He also said that their anger would not lessen and result in stiff resistance to oppression.

It was only a day before that the Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, told the press that the separatists in Kashmir were instigating the people. In response, Mirwaiz addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid said that those at the helm in New Delhi believed that the Kashmir struggle could be suppressed by military power.

Mirwaiz, who is also a member of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) also said that the valley was witnessing an increase in human rights abuses in the form of intimate killings. He further said that the Hurriyat has been demanding from day one that Kashmir is a political and a humane issue which could only be resolved by means of a sustained dialogue with all the stakeholders, most importantly, Kashmiris. “Before the outrage of the people of Kashmir takes an ugly turn, the government of India should accept the gravity of the situation on the ground and start a process of conflict resolution by giving the people the right to self-determination and hold a meaningful dialogue”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Hurriyat (M) and the Awami Action Committee leaders staged a peaceful demonstration against the recent civilian killings by forces in Pulwama and the “mass arrest” of resistance leadership outside Jamia Masjid after Friday prayers.

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