‘Hiba Jan was not carrying gun or stone, why was she deprived of her eyesight?’

Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Thursday visited Mujgund on Srinagar outskirts where three militants were killed in a gunfight with the forces on December 9.

He expressed solidarity with the families whose houses were destroyed during encounter.

“Kashmir is burning and Kashmiris are being brutalized by Indian aggression. Mayhem at Mujgund is actually a minuscule example of Indian aggression in Kashmir which is killing, maiming, destroying and oppressing Kashmiris at will.

“All this aggression is continuing in the name of operation all-out which is aimed to punish Kashmiris for their exemplary resistance and resilience,” a JKLF spokesman quoted Malik as having said while talking to the victim families.

Malik said, “Indian rulers have given a freehand to its forces to kill, maim, arrest, torture, intimidate Kashmiris. They have a license to kill and destroy our properties and inflict every kind of miseries on us. It is our religious, moral and national duty to resist this onslaught and at the same time help those who are victims of this onslaught,”

After meeting the victim families, JKLF chairman went to SMHS hospital to see the 18-month-old Hiba Jan who became the youngest pellet victim. The infant girl is under treatment at the hospital and has been operated upon recently.

JKLF chairman stayed at hospital for some time with the family of the victim infant and talked to doctors treating little Hiba Jan, the statement said.

“Pellets are worldwide used to hunt animals but in Kashmir this weapon is being used to kill and blind humans and ironical part of this is that no one in the international community is taking note of this,” Malik said.

Malik said that Baby Hiba Jan was not carrying any gun or stone and she was fired upon and deprived of her eyesight in the lap of her mother. “Those who boast about being democrats and peace lovers,” he said, should answer as to why the eyesight of this 18 month old baby was snatched by pellets?

He, according to the statement, accused the Indian leaders and their deployed authorities in Jammu Kashmir of unleashing oppression in a bid to “defeat Kashmiri resistance but they fail to realize that.”

He said, “India and its viceroy in the form of Governor should wake up from their daydreaming and realize that sooner or later India will have to acknowledge the aspirations of the people of Jammu Kashmir, bow before a people’s resistance and accept their right of self-determination as it is also in the in the interest of their own nations and people.”

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the demise of mother of editor in chief Kashmir reader Haji Hayat Muhammad Butt today.

Expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, Malik prayed for the heavenly abode of the deceased.