Arrest of leaders ‘political vendetta, revenge’: Joint resistance

Arrest of leaders ‘political vendetta, revenge’: Joint resistance
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‘Designating Salahuddin as terrorist highly unjustifiable’

SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Wednesday termed the fresh wave of arrests of Hurriyat leaders, activists and youth across valley as “political vendetta” against the leadership. They termed the arrests as “arm twisting’ methods.
The leadership also rejected the declaration of Hizbul Mujahideen chief, Syed Salahuddin, as a “global terrorist” by the United States and termed it “highly unjustifiable and regrettable”.
“Delhi is leaving no stone unturned to crush every voice raised in the valley expressing Kashmiri people’s sentiment and aspirations,” the leadership said.
A joint statement by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik, condemned the arrests of Altaf Shah, Ayaz Abar and Mehrajudin Kalwal.
The leadership said that asking Hurriyat leaders including Altaf Ahmed Shah, Advocate Shahid-ul- Islam and few businessmen to report to NIA in New Delhi and then confining them to a room for the whole day on the pretext of questioning “to harass and scare them” was “extreme(ly) deplorable”.
“Such totalitarian moves are being adopted by Delhi and its agencies with a view to pressurise the pro-freedom leadership in Kashmir and weaken the people’s struggle. All these illegal and unethical methods cannot cow down the leadership or in any way, deter people from (pursuing) their just struggle or help in the resolution of the Kashmir dispute,” they said.
The leadership said that branding Syed Salahuddin as “terrorist” by the US administration was “highly unjustifiable and regrettable”.
They said the people of Jammu and Kashmir are peacefully engaged in their struggle for freedom from Indian occupation for the last 70 years and demand the right to self-determination as promised to them by UN and supported by US, UK and the world community.
They said the international community including the US is duty-bound to honor the commitment made to the people of J&K by granting them the right of self-determination and settle the dispute “which is bleeding Kashmiris each day and has led to their genocide under brutal Indian occupation and has made J&K the world highest militarised zone with over eight lakh Indian forces station(ed) here to keep the people captive”.
Geelani, Mirwaiz, and Malik said the people of J&K have pinned their hope on the international community which has acknowledged and backed their legitimate right to self-determination in accordance with the internationally accepted democratic norms and justice.
“As a reaction to international inaction in resolving this dispute despite, the innocent people and feeling pushed to the wall and some took to arms to fight this brutal military repression and illegal occupation of their land,” they said.
The leadership said the US has targeted a “veteran freedom fighter” is unfortunate and uncalled for. They said that declaring a Kashmiri freedom fighter as terrorist will not resolve the Kashmir dispute or bring peace. “What it can do is embolden Indian government to further suppress Kashmiris and further increase the level of human rights violations committed against them by its armed forces,” they said.
“While the US claims to espouse and stand for democratic principles of liberty and justice, how can it turn a blind eye to their (India’s) brazen violation in this part of the world? What kind of double standard and opportunism is the US exhibiting especially it has always acknowledged that the dispute (of) Kashmir has to (be) resolved for peace and stability of the region and has in fact many times offered mediation between India and Pakistan over (its) resolution?”

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