Indian landmine kills a civilian in Pulwama

Wednesday – March 14, 2018
SRINAGAR (India): In Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK), a civilian was killed in a landmine explosion in Awantipora area of Pulwama district on Tuesday, a police officer narrated that the civilian Ashiq Hussain Chopan, 25 years old, was grazing his livestock when he came into contact with some object that exploded and injured him severely in Jawbara, near the firing range of the Indian army.

According to Kashmir media service (KMS), Chopan was rushed to the nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

“It appears that he stepped on a landmine which exploded resulting in his death,” the police official said.

Meanwhile, deputy grand mufti Nasir-ul-Islam while condemning the recent killings said on Tuesday that the Muslim majority IOK valley continues to suffer at the hands of the repressive tactics of the Indian forces.

Nasir-ul-Islam in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “Unarmed youth are killed for no fault except they express anger like any other youth of their age would do so under such circumstances.”

“This trail of deaths for the past many years has given an entirely different dimension to a conflict that by all standards was political in nature and even now requires only political approach and intervention to resolve it in the best interest of all stakeholders,” he said.

However, he added, this political approach will hold good only when everyone accepts the ground reality in the right context.

Nasir-ul-Islam pointed out that the Indian forces continued to commit serious violations of humanitarian law in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir. “Time has come that we all stand firmly for a situation where not only our younger generation have a bright future but the whole South Asia is saved from the looming clouds of death and destruction,” he stressed.

“Kashmiri people remain under a risk of being killed during a peaceful demonstration, staged or fake encounters. Human rights abuses have been a part of the campaign of the Indian army against Muslim Kashmiris, particularly after 1990.

The oppression has been manifested in the types of human rights abuses including disappearances, torture, rape and molestation of Muslim women,” he grieved.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir people’s political party (JKPPP) in a statement condemned the continued detention of party chairman, Hilal Ahmed War.