NEW DELHI – A former judge of Indian Supreme Court has criticised his country’s army chief for the use of brutal force on civilians in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Justice (r) Markandey Katju, who has also been the chairman of
NEW DELHI – A former judge of Indian Supreme Court has criticised his country’s army chief for the use of brutal force on civilians in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Justice (r) Markandey Katju, who has also been the chairman of the Press Council of India, in a tweet compared General Bipin Rawat with the notorious Gen Dyer, who was responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar, for mayhem in the occupied valley.
“Congratulations to Gen Rawat whose soldiers killed 7 civilians in a Jallianwalabagh or My Lai type massacre in Pulwama, Kashmir. How brave of the Indian army General,” Katju wrote satirically on his twitter handle.
Congratulations to Gen Rawat whose soldiers killed 7 civilians in a Jallianwalabagh or My Lai type massacre in Pulwama, Kashmir
How brave of the Indian army General !@rwac48 @Vedmalik1 @atahasnain53 @majorgauravarya @adgpi
— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) December 16, 2018
In another tweeter, Katju wrote, “three cheers for the Indian army which has now started killing civilians in Kashmir, like Gen Dyer at Jalianwala bagh, or Lt Calley at My Lai in Vietnam. All Indian army officers and soldiers should be given Bharat Ratna.”
Three cheers for the Indian army which has now started killing civilians in Kashmir, like Gen Dyer at Jalianwala bagh or Lt Calley at My Lai in Vietnam
All Indian army officers and soldiers should be given Bharat Ratna.
— Markandey Katju (@mkatju) December 16, 2018
Eleven Kashmiris were martyred and over 200 injured in fresh acts of state-sponsored terrorism by Indian security forces in Occupied Kashmir on Saturday. Three freedom-fighters were also killed in a gunbattle with occupation forces.
The civilians were massacred when Indian security forces opened fire at people protesting the killing of three freedom-fighters in a gunbattle in Kharpora Sarnoo village of Pulwama district.
Condemning the killing, Pakistan’s Prime Minster Imran Khan had said that ‘only dialogue, and not violence and killings, will resolve this conflict’.
Kashmiris must be allowed to decide their future. https://t.co/Y91PUVckh8
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 16, 2018
A complete shutdown is being observed in Kashmir valley today for the third straight day against the Pulwama killings on the weekend.
All shops and other commercial establishments are closed in Srinagar, the summer capital of the Himalayan state, and elsewhere in the valley while public transport is off the roads.
Educational institutions are closed while the exams scheduled at the Kashmir University and other universities on Monday have been postponed.
Joint Resistance Leadership – an amalgam of separatist leaders headed by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik – has called for a shutdown and a march to Badami Bagh army base in Srinagar today to mourn the killings.
The Indian army on Sunday asked people to avoid the march towards 15 corps headquarters situated at Badami Bagh Cantonment in Srinagar over call given by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).
National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah while reacting on the Pulwama civilian killings said that it is a massacre and there is no other way to describe it.
7 dead. There is no explanation for this excessive use of force, none what so ever. This is a massacre & that’s the only way to describe it.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) December 15, 2018
Earlier, Abdullah while reacting to the civilian killings had said that it was ‘another blood soaked weekend in Kashmir’.
PDP President Mehbooba Mufti while reacting to the civilian killings has said that there would be no probe which would bring back the dead. She also asked that ‘is this what was expected from the Governor rule’?
How long are we going to shoulder the coffins of our youngsters? So many civilians killed today post encounter in Pulwama. No country can win a war by killing its own people. I strongly condemn these killings , and once again appeal for efforts , to stop this blood bath .
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) December 15, 2018
She also said that no country can win a war by killing its own people.
Meanwhile, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has strongly condemned the deplorable extrajudicial killings of innocent Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and urged the Indian government to put an end to the human rights abuses.
@OIC_IPHRC recently received detailed briefing on the worsening #humanrights situation in the #Indian occupied #Kashmir (#IoK). @OIC_IPHRC condemned the recent wave of violence against civilians & called on Indian Government to allow #OIC & IPHRC fact finding mission to visit IoK pic.twitter.com/R0wYwyIN0v
— OIC (@OIC_OCI) December 16, 2018
India and Pakistan each claim the divided territory of Kashmir in its entirety. Most Kashmiris support the rebel cause that the territory be united either under Pakistani rule or as an independent country while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control.
India, which has deployed over 500,000 troops in the tiny Muslim-majority region, accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.
Nearly 100,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.