Pulwama encounter: Syed Ali Geelani demands UN probe into killings; Separatists call for three-day strike in Jammu and Kashmir

Senior separatist leader and Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani demanded a high-level probe under the supervision of United Nations into Pulwama civilian killings. He also urged the agency to help resolve the long-pending Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of the people.

“We have read in history about the heinous crimes of ‘Changez and Halako’, but the repression and oppression Kashmiris are subjected to have surpassed them as well,” Geelani said in his statement on Sunday, reported Greater Kashmir.

Geelani said that India claims to have the “brave and disciplined army of the world, but in reality, they are so cowards and timed that they shower bullets and pellets to the un-armed people especially kids.”

Meanwhile, separatists in Kashmir on Saturday called for a three-day strike against the killing of seven civilians in security forces' action during an encounter in Pulwama district.

The separatists, under the banner of Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, also asked people to march to the headquarters of the Army's Chinar Corps at Badamibagh on Monday.

A protest in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, against the civilian killings in Pulwama. Twitter/Faysal

A protest in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, against the civilian killings in Pulwama. Twitter/Faysal

"The Pulwama massacre, bullets and pellets rain! As the Government of India has decided to kill Kashmiris through its armed forces who control us, JRL and people will march towards Badami Bagh Army cantonment on Monday, 17 December to ask the government to kill all of us at one time rather than killing us daily," Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter.

In another tweet, he said, "From today onwards for three days mourning and complete protest strike will be observed all across".

Meanwhile, spontaneous shutdown was observed on Saturday in many areas of Srinagar and south Kashmir following the killing of civilians.

Shops in several areas were shut, while a protest demonstration was taken out in Nowhatta area of the city on Saturday.

Seven civilians died and several others injured after security forces opened fire on protestors near an encounter site in Sirnoo village of Pulwama district in south Kashmir. Three militants were killed in the encounter in which a soldier also lost his life while two other armymen were injured.

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Updated Date: Dec 17, 2018 09:54 AM

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