SRINAGAR: The Jammu Kashmir National Front vice chairman Altaf Hussain Wani has denounced the “illegal” detention of party chairman Nayeem Ahmed Khan saying “Indian authorities since long have been using arbitrary arrests, house detentions as a weapons of war to suppress the voice of dissent in the disputed territory of Jammu Kashmir”.
As per a statement issued here, Nayeem was arrested and lodged in police station Rajbagh on March 22. He was shifted to his residence on Saturday evening and placed under house arrest. “Since the so called by-elections for two parliamentary seats are around the corner, India has intensified its crackdown on pro-freedom leaders,” Wani said in a statement.
He said suppressing the voices of dissent was a manifestation of frustration on part of government of India. “Such undemocratic and brutal measures cannot deter the Kashmiri leaders from continuing their just struggle for their right to self-determination,” he said.
Terming authorities’ actions as “flagrant violation of basic human rights”, Hussain said, “India that keeps harping on high values of democracy must realise that choking space for political dissent and depriving people of their fundamental human rights was against the true spirit of democracy and contravention of the international law. If Indians truly believed in democracy, they should not hesitate in fulfilling Kashmiris’ demand of holding plebiscite in the region.”
‘India should shun its rigid stance on Kashmir dispute and let people of the region exercise their birth right that happens to be the cardinal principle of the UN charter.”
NF vice chairman said “suppressing voice of dissent and holding sham elections under the shadow of gun was nothing but a farcical exercise and India’s age-old tactic to befool the international community”. “To ensure durable peace in South Asian region, the settlement of Kashmir dispute in line with the relevant UN resolutions was imperative,” Hussain added.