Hizbul Mujahideen accused New Delhi of ‘genocide’ on Wednesday, after days of clashes left at least 32 people dead and hundreds wounded on Indian-administered Kashmir.
Up to 3,000 people gathered at a rally in Muzaffarabad, where leaders vowed to launch a civil disobedience campaign on the Indian side of the contested territory.
Violence broke out there Friday after a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander named Burhan Wani – a 22-year-old poster boy – was killed in a gun battle with government forces.
HM chief Sayed Salahuddin condemned the clashes, which are the worst in Kashmir since 2010.
If India’s ‘occupation’ troops continue “with the genocide of Kashmiris then along with armed struggle we will also start a civil disobedience movement in occupied Kashmir,” Salahuddin said, amid calls for jihad.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2016.