SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Saturday condemned the arrest of its chairman Mirwiz Umar Farooq, who has been lodged at sub jail in Cheshma Shahi Srinagar.
“The illegal house arrest for the past 49 days and the arbitrary detention of the Mirwaiz shows the government’s frustration and failure in dealing with the people’s revolt,” a spokesman of the conglomerate said.
“Illegally caging, confining and censoring the leadership is the standard response of the infamous regime as well as its predecessors to prevent them from leading the people and letting the truth of Kashmir be known,” he said.
Hr said “such undemocratic” and “”authoritarian measures would not deter Mirwaiz and “cadres” of the conglomerate from “representing and advocating the will and aspirations of people and their sacred struggle for which the whole nation is tremendously sacrificing and facing collective torture”.
He said that Mirwaiz’s “commitment to the movement” was a “proud legacy he has inherited from his forefathers”.
“They made sacrifices and suffered hardships in the form of exiles, incarcerations, torture and harassment at the hands of the powers that be but always led and supported the people’s movement for achievement of justice and their basic political right of self determination,” he said.
The spokesman expressed grief over the killing of Shakeel Ahmed Ganai of Rajpora Pulwama by the government forces on Friday.
He also condemned the killing of Shahnawaz Khan of Sangam, Anantnag.
“India is systematically carrying out target killing of our youth under the pretext of controlling the violent mobs by shooting to kill or forcing them to flee with fatal consequences,” he said.
“The inhuman excesses committed by the forces in Hamgiwera, Pattan, beating and injuring inmates, ransacking homes and destroying belongings is shameful and higher deplorable. People will never be brought into submission by such atrocities,” he added.