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Hurriyat Seeks Probe into Muslim killings in Doda

4th February 1998
Hindustan Times

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has sought an international probe into the killing of nine Muslims in Nava Pachi area of Doda district on Id-ul-Fitr last week even as the incident has initiated a new war of words between separatists and the government in Jammu and Kashmir.

It was announced at a press conference in Srinagar today that the APHC would send a team to Delhi to seek a joint probe by Delhi-based envoys of all the countries. The Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq mocked at the government's claim of honouring human values and guarding human rights of citizens.

His tone appeared similar to the one used by Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on APHC's condemnation of Wandhama massacre on Jan 25. He said that the militancy was introduced in the State by the kaders who were now in APHC and now they were shedding crocodile tears over the acts of militants whom they were sponsoring.

Mirwaiz appealed to the Islamic nations to take note of the human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the Hurriyat condemns the massacre of 23 Hindus in Wandhama village. "That was a terrorist act. He said that incident was condemned throughout India but an intriguing silence was the answer to the killing of nine Muslims in Doda. "

The APHC chairman said that Hurriyat calls upon all the Islamic nations to send their envoys and also to Amnesty International to watch the human rights violations in Kashmir. He was also critical of Kashmiri Hindus for showing indifference to what he called. "The continuing killing of Muslims in Kashmir".

Meanwhile, Farooq Abdullah today flew to Doda to express his grief over the death of villagers. He said that the government would probe the incident.

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