Anti-Pak protests continue over targeted killing of civilians by terrorists

BJYM activists during protest at Jammu. — Excelsior/Rakesh
BJYM activists during protest at Jammu. — Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 18: Some organizations held anti-Pak protests over targeted killing of civilians by the terrorists in Kashmir, while some others condemned the killings.
“On 10th October, 2021, I visited the house of Supinder Kour, Principal, Government School Eidgah, Srinagar, who was killed by the armed gunman along with her other colleague Deepak Chand in the school premises on 7th October, 2021, to offer my condolences to the bereaved family”, Former Union Minister Saifuddin Soz said, adding that he also visited the family of Makhan Lal Bindroo, killed a day before. Soz condemned these innocent killings and described them as crimes against humanity.
Former Minister and Jammu Kashmir Apni Party Vice President Usman Majid condemned the recent targeted and gruesome killings of non-local civilians in the Valley by the terrorists and said this is the saddest event that every humanitarian must mourn. Majid expressed shock and anguish over the gruesome killings of non-local laborers by terrorists in different parts of Valley. He said that Islam doesn’t permit killing of innocents. Majid asked the Kashmiri Muslims to stand up in condemning the recent targeted civilian killings of non-local laborers from various states of the country.
Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Jammu Kashmir—the youth wing of Bhartiya Janata Party held protest demonstration outside Press Club here for brutal killing of non local labourers and common people in Kashmir. Agitated BJYM workers also burnt the effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister to register their protest. Raising slogans against Pakistan, BJYM activist under the leadership of BJYM JKUT President Arun Prabhat condemned Pakistan for its brutal act. J&K Unit Vice-President of BJP, Yudhveer Sethi said, “anti-national forces are hell bent to ruin the peace in Kashmir Valley which has seen a new phase of development since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken the reins of the Central Government. Such gruesome acts are meant to scare the people of Kashmir Valley, who are now extending support to the policies and programmes of the BJP at the Centre”.
Jammu and Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Association (JKHARA) has expressed serious concern over the killings of civilians including non-local labourers. In a statement, JKHARA President Showkat Chowdhary said Kashmir has always maintained peaceful harmony between various communities and such incidents tarnish the image of Kashmiris. Chowdhary said the non-local labourers come to Kashmir purely for earning livelihood and targeting them is highly unfortunate. Chowdhary urged government to ensure foolproof security to the non-locals as to make them feel safe and stop their migration.
Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCC&I) has condemned the spree of killing of innocent civilians and expressed heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved families. According to KCC&I spokesperson, the members of Kashmir’s largest trade body are deeply shocked and distressed at the loss of lives over the past few weeks. “We withstand by the innocents in this hour of grief, fear and insecurity,” the spokesperson said adding that whoever kills an innocent life, is as if, he has killed all of humanity. As Kashmir has been known for its hospitality, the incidents like these are unfortunate and create a dent to its image, the spokesman said.
President Jammu and Kashmir Nationalist People’s Front Shiekh Muzaffar has expressed serious concern over spurt in civilian killings in recent days in Kashmir valley. He said people of Kashmir are in deep shock with the pain of cold blooded murder of two labourers in Kulgam. While condemning senseless killing of civilians from last few days, he appealed to the civil society to voice its concern in strong terms against target killing of civilians. NPF President termed these incidents an attempt to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the Union Territory.
Chairman AIATF MS Bitta termed the killing of two non-local labourers as an attempt to tarnish the image of Kashmiris. MS Bitta strongly condemned the killing of two non-local labourers in Larm Ganjipora Kulgam. Bitta termed the killings as an attempt to bring down the image of Kashmiris outside Valley.
The activists of Mission Statehood held anti-Pak protest and burnt Pakistani flags. While speaking, President Mission Statehood Sunil Dimple said that situation in Jammu and Kashmir is deteriorating and strict action should be taken against the terrorists.
Hinduist leader Raju Chandel while talking to the reporters condemned the target killing of the people belonging to the minority communities in Kashmir.
Shiv Sena (Bala Saheb Thackeray) Jammu and Kashmir unit held protest against the targeted attacks on minorities and Indian soldiers in Kashmir and demanded Operation Khatma-e-Pakistan along with the operation clean. Under the leadership of Shiv Sena State President Manish Sahni, Shiv Sainiks burnt the flag of Pakistan with the demand to teach a strong lesson to the persons behind the target killing in Kashmir.
Under the leadership of State President Vikrant Kapoor, Hindustan Shiv Sena staged a protest against the selective killings in Kashmir. State President Vikrant Kapoor and Senior Vice President Rakesh Bhardwaj expressed deep concern over the selective killings in the Kashmir Valley and urged Prime Minister, Home Minister and Lieutenant Governor J&K to provide foolproof security cover to the minorities in Kashmir. City President Appuurav Gupta along with City Vice President Rohan Malwal and General Secretary Sushil Gupta were also present.