The killings must stop

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One more Kashmiri Pandit has lost his life while his brother has been injured in a terrorist attack in a village in Shopian of south Kashmir. Sunil Kumar and his brother Pinto Kumar were working in their orchard in Chotigam area of Shopian when terrorists opened fire on them. Sunil died on the spot while as his injured brother Pinto is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Srinagar. This is the second attack on the minority community members in last 24 hours as on Monday late evening a minority community member was injured after terrorists hurled a grenade at Gopalpora village of Budgam district. In recent days, terrorists have targeted migrant labourers and police too even threw a grenade at Police Control Room, Srinagar on the evening of Republic Day injuring one cop.

The killing of Kumar has widely been condemned and from Lt Governor to all prominent political leaders to social media users, grief is being expressed. However, one wonders that how long there the society and the administration will busy itself in mere condemnations and expressing grief. In Kumar’s death, one more Kashmiri family has lost a dear one. This is inhuman. This is the worst kind of terrorism and thus people need to raise their voice against such crimes and criminals. Those behind these attacks are the enemies of Kashmiri people. They are the enemies and therefore should be named and shamed. Police need to gear up and identify the killers, arrest them so that they face the justice system and pay for their wrong doing. Though those who lost their lives will not come back neither the grief of their families could be lessened, but by getting them to face the law of the land would help these families to get the much desired justice.

Targeting members of Kashmir Pandit community, migrant labourers, irrespective of their faith, off-duty policemen (mostly from majority community) and political activists, the terrorists are hell bent on keep the pot boiling. To run their nefarious mission of death and destruction, they are hunting for soft targets and thus trying to scare the ordinary citizens. However, time is ripe that people come out and raise their voice against these killings and call the bluff of the terrorists. Those who are on this killing spree are trying to drag Kashmir back to the dirty violence. It is share madness and nobody can approve such crimes. If killing people for religious, political and ideological differences becomes a norm then everyone would be hunting for everyone. The world will become a murderous field and no one will have any safety and security. Those who have killed Kumar and injured his brother have neither helped the society nor their own selves. They have not taken the life of an innocent civilian but devastated his entire family and earned for themselves the hellfire hereafter.

Violence has no religion, it has no ethics or principles. It can only kill and destroy. Those who are indulging in violence or propagating violent ideologies need to understand that Allah has not created this world for death and destruction. He created a special specie – human – with the intension that this specie will beautify his world with love and compassion. The murderers are brazenly and shamelessly trying to negate Allah’s plan. Fact of the matter is that they will never succeed in their designs. The society has to wake up and raise its voice against the violence. The terrorists involved in these murders are the ones who have brought all kinds of miseries to the people of Kashmir. They have disturbed the social fabric here and created an atmosphere of insecurity all over. Such mindless and senseless murderers have no place in any civilized society and thus should be named, shamed and isolated.

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