NEW DELHI, India: The Indian Civil Society held a protest demonstration against the massacre of innocent Kashmiris by the Indian security forces in Pulwama, a district in Jammu and Kashmir, and urged a political resolution to the decades-old conflict.
The protest was held on Wednesday at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi after the Indian forces killed seven civilians in Kharpora Sarnoo village of Pulwama district on December 15 in a barbarian way.
The protestors were carrying banners which read ‘Protest against Gruesome Murder of 7 Civilians in Pulwama by Security Forces’.
In the meantime, a candle light vigil was also held against the Pulwama massacre by the Indian forces.
The demonstrating parties included National Alliance of People’s Movements, Khudai Khidmatgar, People’s Union for Civil Liberties Delhi, Delhi Solidarity Group, Samjwadi Yuvjan Sabha, Sadbhav Mission, Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace and Democracy, National Movement Front, and many others.
“The violence and the killings continue and so does the silence. On Saturday, security forces opened fire on the peacefully protesting civilians who were protesting encounters and military action in Pulwama and killed seven people in cold blood. The current round of killings and numbers add to thousands who have been killed over the years in the longest ongoing conflict,” said a joint statement issued by the protestors.
“The Kashmir conflict can’t be resolved through constant killings of citizens and suppression of fundamental rights of the people. Kashmir needs a political resolution,” the statement added.