Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We murder our brothers (because we hate others)

This is the essential logic of Hizbul Mujahidin and the other freedom fighters (in Kashmir and elsewhere). Power flows out of the barrel of a gun etc.

Thing is, this can (will) go on forever. We do not envisage the Valley people ever reconciling with Indians in Jammu and elsewhere. Too much blood has already been spilled.

If we include Kashmir in the MENA sphere it seems to be the fate of the Ummah to face down this daily ugliness in their lives with no end in sight. The health problems (physical as well as mental) of staying in a war zone are well documented. It seems the best place for a muslim (except for a few city states) is to be as far away as possible from the muslim heartlands.
Militants killed two local officials and another man in Indian Kashmir before issuing a warning to Kashmiris against voting this week in the country's election, according to police and residents.
The militants targeted two village council chiefs in separate attacks late on Monday in Pulwana district, south of the main city of Srinagar, a senior police officer said.

"Three people including two village heads were killed by local militants active in the area and the attack is aimed to keep the voters away from polling," AG Mir, the inspector general of police, said.
"The attackers belong to the local militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen, they were two in number and we have identified them," Mir said.

Police were hunting for the attackers, who entered the home of one village head and shot him dead in the Tral area of Pulwana district. They killed another senior village official and his 24-year-old son about an hour later in the same area.

Separatists have called for a boycott of the general election, which ends next month. Hardline Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi and his party are expected to take power after a decade of Congress party rule.

Posters warning residents of punishment if they went to the polls appeared early on Tuesday morning in the Tral area where the attacks happened, according to residents.

Voting in India's only Muslim-majority state of Kashmir and Jammu is being staggered because of tight security. The Kashmir constituency, which includes Pulwana district, votes on Thursday.

The warnings, which say they are from the region's biggest rebel group, the Hizbul Mujahideen, were posted outside mosques and in the main bazaar of Tral town. "Be warned, voting for tyrants will entail punishment," the posters say.

The rebels say in the posters that they have been compelled to change their "freedom movement" strategy from "defensive" to "offensive" mode.

A local resident, who did not want to give his name, told AFP that "about four armed rebels appeared on Sunday in the main bazaar of Tral threatening people to dissociate themselves from those fighting (in) the elections".

In a similar attack on 17 April, a village council head was shot dead elsewhere in the Himalayan region, which is disputed between India and Pakistan.

At least a dozen council members have been killed by suspected rebels since elections were held in 2010 for the region's panchayat or village councils.

Village heads have demanded the government provide security for the more than 30,000 local council members in the wake of Monday night's attacks.
Link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/22/indian-election-kashmir-violence-three-dead

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