Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who continues to be under house arrest, on Monday appealed people to observe peaceful protest strike on May 7 when north Kashmir goes to polls for Lok Sabha.
Stressing upon the people of north Kashmir to reject the “so-called” polls and show complete commitment and resolve towards the “freedom struggle”, Mirwaiz in a statement condemned the arrest and detention of Hurriyat leaders, hundreds of youth from central and south Kashmir.
Mirwaiz said the authorities were resorting to vindictive tactics. He said after south and central Kashmir, people of north Kashmir were subjected to suppression and arrests.
Expressing concern over the “ill-treatment” meted out to the Kashmiri students in Noida, Mirwaiz said that Kashmiri students and traders “are not secure and have always been targeted by the communal elements in India.” He said the security of Kashmiri students and traders outside the state was the responsibility of government of India.
Condemning the slapping of PSA on Wasim Ahmad Sofi of Pulwama, Mirwaiz termed it a “cheap tactic based on retribution.” He said that “black laws were imposed in Kashmir to suppress the freedom struggle and to weaken the sentiment for movement.”
Mirwaiz also expressed concern over the massacre of Assamese Muslims on communal lines. He said that government of India should take steps to ensure the security of minority Muslim community in Assam. He said the “massacre of Muslim belies the claim of so-called apostles of democracy in India that minorities were safe in the ‘secular state’.”
Meanwhile, a Hurriyat spokesman has condemned the continued house arrest of Mirwaiz and senior leader Zaffar Akbar Bhat, and arrest of other Hurriyat leaders including Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Jameel Ahmad War, Sajad Noorabadi, Roman Dar and other youth and resistance leaders lodged in different police stations.
Meanwhile, a meeting of Hurriyat’s executive council which was scheduled to be held Monday was postponed due to the continuous house arrest of the Hurriyat chairman, according to the statement.