SRINAGAR, Oct 19: Expressing serious concern over spurt in civilian killings in recent days in Kashmir valley, president of J&K Nationalist People’s Front (JKNPF) Shiekh Muzaffar today said that enemies of peace are hell bent to tarnish the image of secular Kashmir and Kashmiryat by fomenting communal frenzy and hatred.
The JKNPF president said this while speaking to media during a protest demonstration held by party workers at Lal Chowk, demanding justice for the targeted civilian killings and arrest of those responsible for it. The protesters carried banners with ”Allah invites you to the home of peace’ written on them.
Shiekh Muzaffar said people of Kashmir are in deep shock and dumbstruck with the pain of cold blooded murder of two labourers in Kulgam. The spurt in senseless killings of innocent civilians was very unfortunate, heart wrenching and against tenants of Islam,” Shiekh observed. He appealed civil society to voice its concern in strong terms against target killing of civilians.
He made a fervent appeal to the people of J&K, irrespective of caste, creed, colour, religion and region, to rise to the occasion and stand like a rock to defeat nefarious designs of the enemy of peace and brotherhood.” He said the enemy of peace would not be allowed to vitiate our centuries old tradition of mutual communal understanding and unity in diversity.
Muzaffar said incidents of target killings are aimed at bringing bad name to Kashmiri majority community and to foment communal tensions. He requested the general public to observe “Kashmir Band” from 7 AM to 11 AM on October 20 (Wednesday) as a mark of protest against the brutal and barbaric killings.