Srinagar: Soon after his release from nine-day house arrest, the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday visited the house of Bashir Ahmad Bhat who was recently killed in firing by CRPF troopers at Nawa Kadal here.
Expressing his sympathy with the bereaved family, Mirwaiz also addressed a gathering at Nawa Kadal chowk and told the people that “priceless sacrifices offered by the Kashmiri people will be protected at any cost,” according to a Hurriyat statement.
Mirwaiz said that complete resolve and commitment “towards the freedom struggle was inevitable for the success of movement.” He said there were forces who wanted to break the will of the people through suppression and fear. “(But) these ploys have always failed, especially due to the continuous resolve shown by the brave youth of Kashmir who are keeping the freedom struggle alive in the most challenging of situations,” he said.
Mirwaiz said the people of Shehr-e-Khas (downtown) have “always provided new vigour to the freedom struggle and their contribution towards the freedom movement will always be remembered.”
The Hurriyat chairman said arrest of hundreds of youth and resistance leaders, continuous curfew and restrictions “under the cover of so-called elections has once again proved the anti-people policy pursued by the so-called elected leaders of Kashmir.” Mirwaiz demanded immediate release of all detainees, the statement said.
Mirwaiz also visited SMHS Hospital to enquire about the condition of Momin Bilal of Maharajgunj and Suhail Bashir of Hawal, who were injured in firing by the government forces at Nawa Kadal. Mirwaiz also visited the house of injured Momin Farooq who lost his left eye due to pellet firing at Rajouri Kadal.
The Hurriyat chief also visited the house of Samir Ahmad of Gratabal to condole the death of his five-year old daughter. He also visited the house of Ghulam Mustafa Zaroo, of Nageen to offer his sympathies and condolence over the demise of his wife, the statement added.