Kashmiris decry world's silence over killings
Added Date: 7/14/2016 8:02:21 AM
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As the death toll rises to 19 in Indian-administered Kashmir following a bloody crackdown on mourners and protesters this weekend, Kashmiris are lamenting the lack of international condemnation for the violence meted out on to them.
By Sunday evening, authorities recorded at least 19 deaths and 200 others injured after police and paramilitary troops opened fire on tens of thousands of Kashmiris who took to the streets to pay homage to slain rebel leader Burhan Wani, who was killed on Friday. His killing had prompted mass funerals and demonstrations against Indian rule.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Imam of Srinagar's Jamia mosque and leader of a faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, told Al Jazeera that the lack of condemnation from both India and international actors, proved that "Kashmiri lives did not matter".
"No political party or institution has condemned the violence because they don't feel the need ... they are so disconnected from this place," Farook said from his home in Srinagar, where he has been under house arrest since Friday.
According to Kashmiri civil society, the death toll is likely to rise, with local media reporting the number of dead could be as high as 22.
They have also accused troops of disproportionate violence and for implementing a "shoot to kill" policy. One doctor at the SKIMS hospital in Srinagar confirmed to Al Jazeera that patients with bullet wounds had all been hit from the waist up.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the doctor said there were at least four other patients in critical condition at the hospital.
"There are people still coming in with injuries, first they came from north and south Kashmir, now they are coming from Srinagar itself, suffering mostly from pellets wounds," he said.
On Saturday, police said that angry crowds set fire to three police stations and two government buildings south of Srinagar, and blocked roads.
At least one police officer was killed. K. Rajendra Kumar, the director general of Jammu and Kashmir Police, said around 100 members of the security forces had been wounded. Three officers were also still missing.

Source: Aljazeera



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