Two sisters shot dead by militants in Sopore

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  1. Contract Killer

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    Sopore: Suspected militants shot dead two teenage sisters from North Kashmir town of Sopore after kidnapping them on Monday.

    The two girls, aged 19 and 17 were dragged out of their homes in front of their family and shot dead just half a kilometre away from their home.

    The reason as to why this incident took place is not yet clear and no militant group has claimed responsibility for it yet.

    There have been no protests following the incident and the town is relatively calm.


    Jammu and Kshmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah strongly condemned the killing of the two sisters. He wrote on his twitter page, " If you can't condemn the killing of these two girls, irrespective of your political beliefs & do so without qualifying it then shame on you."
     
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    Now it is really interesting to see Double Standard of So Called Freedom Fighters, who were staging protest against Security Personals for Killing of Stone Pelters.

    Now Where are they?

    why not a Demonstration against these killing by Millitants?

    Are they Afraid of these Militants? If yes............ Then Why they were not afraid of Security Personals, as even they have Guns and can kill them?

    Or is it because they know very well that No Matter what ever they do, Security Personal will just bare them with patient because India is a country, where they get a legitimate right of expressing them self, even though it is Anti Nation & still no force will be used by Security Personals?

    This incident has given lots of Answers to our Questions. It has also opened eyes of many people around World..............
     
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    Where are the stone pelters? Gone for getting more Rs 500 from their masters across the border and across the ocean eh? Bloody hypocrites.
     
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    i feel sad for both these category and pro congress people,in a year these people has to boycott forum for not just a day but atleast for months.If it was killed by security forces by mistake or anything,you can see fireworks.
     
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    Till now no protest................ I wander where my so called Freedom Fighters/ Stone Pelters have gone? No Statement from Separatist Leaders. No reaction from those Self Proclaimed "Educated Youths of Kashmir".

    Sab darr gaye kya???

    Sirf Security Personals pe hi Garmi dikhana jante hai ye sab............ Paper Lions.
     
  7. S.A.T.A

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    Its not cold blooded murder of Kashmiri's that piques the self righteous indignation of the separatist and their ideological chaperons outside the valley,its the possibility,no matter how tenuous,of linking it to the indian security forces.If the separatists were to go out in protest against all and every cold blooded murders perpetrated against innocents in Kashmir,they would have by now condemned themselves into oblivion.
     
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    If they are scared then this more sad. Because then they should understand who hijacked there peace. If they supported this then i pity on them.
     
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    Hey!!! Why do you people compare our military with Lashkars!!! 'Terror'-ists terrify people, military doesnt. This is not the first time something like this is happening. Those assholes stink, so, it is our responsibility to make our Kashmiris understand that. We are and should be better than them. I feel we should not seggregate Kashmiris, if there is even slightest of injustice from our side, lets correct ourselves. Let the people choose India!!! The stone pelters are none other than our foolish uneducated unemployed 'junta'. Let our government change the adjectives.
     
  10. The Messiah

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    why is everyone surprised ?

    separatists are under the control of pakistan....they dont give a shit about kashmir. they want power.
     
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    Where is our Gilani baba to protest against human rights violations? Where is Arundhati Roy? Oh I forgot, they have been silenced by sedition charges, so it must be the fault of GoI.

    Bunch of buggers!
     
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    Gulani is pakistani puppet and it is understandable that he is silent so as not to anger his masters but that witch needs to come out from under her rock.
     
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    India needs to grow some balls and do an Israel on them. you kill 2 of us , we will kill 20 of you. They know where these terror supporting leaders ( so called political arm) hang out. just go and and do a drone drop on them.
     
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    Well, we should have done that in 1947 or in 1971 ! We can do it today also, but we are only handicapped by the fact that any action will lead to a possible nuclear situation. When we had the opportunity, we didn't capitalize on it, there's no point of cribbing now. We can still take the fight back to them, but we must be prepared for the deadly aftermath and consequences.
     
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    Kill 20 of who ?
    Common Kashmir imo hates the terrorists and Pakistan.

    That's not the reason.
     
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    Sopore girls: Children of a lesser God?

    Raheel Khursheed
    Sometimes home is best experienced by way of detachment…through picture perfect postcards that don’t capture people’s hypocrisy and your subsequent disappointment by it. Particularly so when your home is Kashmir! The abduction and murder of two teenaged sisters in Sopore, Akhtara & Arifa, for ‘Moral Turpitude’ as reported by Mail Today News paper by alleged Lashkar terrorists is medieval in its exhibition and impact.
    What’s more heart-wrenching is that there have been no protests over the two murders, as say happened over the Shopian alleged rapes & murderers. Not like people are scared of protests! If 15 year old boys can face off a police van and tear it to bits with bricks and stones, they surely can let out a few slogans against what is obviously a grave crime against the very fabric of Kashmiri society by brutal gun-totting terrorists.
    If two young Kashmiri women being dragged out of their home and shot dead in cold blood doesn’t shake the conscience of people and evoke condemnation with a wide spread anger, what will? And yet it’s this collective inability of the Kashmiri people to see, recognise and raise their voice against cutting-across-lines-brutality that this incident has highlighted & underlined. If the cry for justice for the victims of the Shopian alleged double rape & murder rang across Kashmir, why not a similar cry for justice for these two sisters? Or has Kashmir decided that it’s okay for terrorists to abduct and murder its daughters & sisters as long as there’s a convenient label to attach to the heinous crime?
    On the contrary, there’s an argument that the murder of these girls is justifiable in the larger ‘Azadi’ narrative. As if ‘Azadi’ is blood thirsty demon that needs the two young sisters sacrificed at it’s altar to quench its sacrificial thirst.
    Even as condemnation from separatists has been muted, even main stream political leaders – the notable exception being CM Omar Abdullah – have been apologetic in their reactions to the incident! PDP Chairperson Mehbooba Mufti who visited Shopian at the peak of the protests in the 2008, hasn’t deemed it fit to even issue a strongly worded statement condemning the murders unequivocally, let alone visit the family.
    One can’t even begin to imagine the magnitude of protests that would’ve hit Kashmir if there was even a slight hint or indication that the security forces were involved in the incident in any way and the political opportunism that would’ve been on display subsequently.

    http://pragmatic.nationalinterest.in/2011/02/02/sopore-girls-children-of-a-lesser-god/
     
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    Why Sopore matters

    The primary reason why the recent killings of two young girls in Sopore matters is known to everyone. It is the Talibanisation of the state that is worrying the moderate Kashmiris. Evidently these girls were killed as a part of the moral policing campaign by the militants.
    Sopore, for those who care to remember, was known as a “liberated zone” till 1993, when the Indian Army launched an operation to regain control over the town.

    However Sopore, merely 55 kilometres away from Srinagar, is also known for being a separatist stronghold with a substantial support base for the Jamat-e-Islami. Before the advent of militancy, Sopore was, in fact, represented for three terms by Syed Ali Shah Geelani in the state Assembly. One of the top-most pro-Azadi Kashmir leaders and founder of Mahaz-e-Azadi (Front for Freedom), Sofi Akbar, too came from Sopore. The hold of the separatists on the area can be gauged from the polling percentages in Sopore constituency in the successful assembly elections of 2008 and parliamentary elections of 2009: 19.96 percent and 7.8 percent respectively.
    While militancy has seen a downturn over the last few years in all other areas of the state, Sopore continues to remain the area with most active militancy even now. Even the CM contends that “Sopore has some committed militants that take advantage of policy of no collateral damage to hide.”

    It is this confluence of separatism and terror that lends Sopore its significance in the happenings in the state. It is the place which provides the top-separatist leader Syed Geelani with his committed support base. He draws his political strength from here and his idea of an Islamic state of Kashmir, being run in accordance with the Shariah, seems to being slowly put into place with the recent killings in Sopore.
    For all those who claim to stand by the ideals of the Indian Republic, this is a moment of reckoning. Either they can ignore it as just another ghastly terrorist act by the jehadis or they can choose to confront the demon of Talibanisation now. Those who opt to look the other way need not go further than the neighbouring Islamic Republic of Pakistan to see the consequences of tolerating this brand of Islamisation.
    Even when viewed from the lens of realpolitic, this is a great opportunity for the mainstream politicians to put the separatist leaders on the backfoot. Syed Geelani can be cornered in his own backyard and his true colours exposed in front of the national and international media. Crypto-Islamists, commonly known as the moderate separatists, should also be forced to take an unequivocal call on the incident. There can be no better time and place for all the political parties in Kashmir to mobilise their supporters and put the separatists on the defensive.
    However, this can only happen if all the mainstream parties in the state are willing to grasp this moment. Alas, this doesn’t seem to be the case. The leader of the PDP, the main opposition party in the state, Ms Mehbooba Mufti has refused to comment on the incident. PDP’s close political association with the Jamat-e-Islami and their brand of soft separatism easily explains her reluctance to do so. Moving beyond, there has been no statement from the ex-CM of J&K, Ghulam Nabi Azad, of the Congress party so far. Perhaps, his own personal political ambitions of regaining the CM’s chair seem to be affecting his behaviour. The BJP is more keen on laying siege outside Yasin Malik’s residence in Delhi than on pushing the Congress party to act boldly in Kashmir.
    The time has come not only to condemn those who perpetrated this ghastly act, but also to name and shame those who are silent on the matter. For silence is often the voice of complicity.
    Ideally, the national leadership of all the political parties should have grabbed this opportunity and moved in to support the J&K CM, Omar Abdullah in condemning the incident. It would not have been unfair to expect an All party Delegation from the centre to pay a quick visit to Sopore to send a strong, united message to the terrorists and their sympathisers. If our leaders waste this opportunity, they would have no one else to blame for when these Islamist terrorists raise their ugly head soon again in the state, somewhere else. By then, it might be too late.
    Two related issues. Firstly, a lot of anger is being directed against people like Ms Arundhati Roy and others of her ilk for their silence on the brutal murders. Other than venting out steam, it serves no purpose and is irrelevant to the subject. Let us instead focus on those who matter.
    Secondly, the call for political action by the parties does not take away from the responsibility of the state to tackle the challenge on other fronts simultaneously: ensure better law and order by enhanced security, undertake accelerated development in the town and monitor the running of madrassas in the area.

    http://pragmatic.nationalinterest.in/2011/02/02/why-sopore-matters/
     
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    Srinagar: A protest against militancy

    Nazir Masoodi, Updated: February 03, 2011 23:39 IST
    Srinagar: It was a small rally in Srinagar, yet an unprecedented one. Condemning the murder of sisters Akhtar and Arifa, allegedly by militants, residents came out in a rare open protest against militancy.

    "It's not the question of one girl. It's the question of the whole society," said one of the protesters.


    They demanded an explanation from hardliner separatists, urging a stop to killings of innocents.

    "We women have come out in our individual capacity. We want a secure future," said one of the women protesters.

    Police say it was Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants who dragged Akhtar and Arifa out of their one-room shack and killed them in cold blood.

    After a muted response hardliner separatists have finally condemned the act.

    But already citizens have started mobilising protest: Like this youth group that has called for a peace march on Sunday.

    "There has been an overwhelming response to our initiative so for. This is a march of solidarity with the murdered sisters, intended to give out a message that anyone who kills a Kashmiri in cold blood is and should be an enemy of Kashmir," said Junaid Azim Mattu, an activist.

    Today's protest may have been a low key affair, but this was the first time Kashmiris have publicly dared hardliners. The Sunday march could only strengthen it.


    http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/srinagar-a-protest-against-militancy-83334?cp
     
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    Geelani calls for shutdown in Sopore today

    Srinagar, Feb 3: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for complete shutdown in Sopore while peaceful protests in rest of the state on Friday against the killing of two sisters by unidentified gunmen in the Apple Town on Monday.
    This is perhaps for the first time that a pro-freedom leader has called for a shutdown against the killings of civilians by unidentified gunmen.
    In a statement from New Delhi Geelani, while terming the killings of Arifa and Akhtar as a barbaric and heinous crime, said Kashmiris can’t remain silent on such acts.
    “People of Sopore have been giving unflinching sacrifices for the ongoing freedom movement. For this they have been the first target of enemies of the movement. In this town of bold and hospitable people, countless Government agencies have established their base to suppress the movement by inhuman acts,” Geelani said.
    Geelani said it is the moral responsibility of the people of Sopore to “foil the evil plans of the agencies and confront them with courage.”
    “It is a matter of concern that the personnel of notorious Task Force in civvies have started patrolling in the town during night. These Ikhwanis have spread such a reign of terror in the town that people are afraid to move out of their houses after sunset. Government has posted those police officers in the town who have a criminal and anti-people track record. These police officers have been entrusted to suppress the movement by arresting the youth, torturing them and demanding hefty amount for their release,” he said.
    Geelani urged the people of Sopore to observe a shutdown against the killings on Friday. “Though the killing of the girls continues, the accused cannot remain hidden for long and they will be punished for committing the heinous crime,” he said.
    The veteran leader also called for state-wide protests against the killings after Friday prayers.
    He also alleged that the Conglomerate’s leader Muhammad Yousuf Falahi has been subjected to custodial disappearance. “We are contemplating to file a petition in a Court against the custodial disappearance and bring it to the notice of human rights organizations,” Geelani said.

    http://www.greaterkashmir.com/news/2011/Feb/4/geelani-calls-for-shutdown-in-sopore-today-47.asp

    Not surprisingly Geelani believes the murder was committed by the Indians....
     
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    ^^ Thanks for posting this Singh. Nice read.

    A few thoughts:

    So is Gilani stopping short of stating who these killers were? Very atypical of Gilani who does not mince his words in criticism of India.

    Desperate act by Gilani to divert the anger of the local people towards the government.

    So, Ikhwanis are to blame. Merely because they are usually pro-India and have offered to fight against Pakistan in case of a war?

    Protest against whom? Govt. of India or Govt. of J&K? More stone pelting? More deaths in police firing? Very ambitious, Mr. Gilani.
     
  21. Singh

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    @pmaitra,

    If Soporis and other pro-Geelani folks turn against Militancy, Geelani and his ISI paymasters will lose whatever control they have over the whole Kashmir issue.

    Another point, Ikhwanis were largely disbanded and today imho are merely informants and not combatants.
     

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