SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Friday condemned the continuous detention and house arrest of the pro-freedom leaders.
In a statement issued here, the conglomerate said its secretary general Shabir Ahmad Shah, provincial president Nayeem Ahmad Khan, and spokesman Ayaz Akbar were under house arrest.
It also criticised the authorities for keeping JKLF chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik, and his associates in Srinagar Central Jail. They were arrested on the eve of Afzal Guru’s execution anniversary.
“Many peaceful events and programmes were scheduled on February 9 and 11 in memory of the two great sons of the soil Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru. The government not only banned these events but also detained the entire pro-freedom camp in jails, houses, police stations and interrogation centres. This is the worst kind of state terrorism which has no constitutional or legal justification,” it said. Hurriyat (G) said the state has an unchanged policy with regard to the pro-freedom people of Kashmir.
“Whether the state is ruled by a governor, PDP, National Conference, or any other pro-India political party, our political space is choked.
“The state police is playing a very pro-active role. Without any constitutional and legal justification, they detain and imprison the pro-freedom leadership. This situation has created an environment of suffocation and there is a graveyard like silence in the state,” the conglomerate said.
The conglomerate said the government’s “censor policy” with regard to the political activities was “disheartening” the Kashmiri youths from the political struggle. “It is such a dangerous aspect of the situation which can prove very disastrous. It can be the well thought-out plan of India by which it can maintain the prevailing disharmony and disorder in the state so that its oppressive forces continue their atrocities upon the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Hurriyat (G) said.