Mirwaiz flays curbs, says Kashmir a police state

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday condemned “restrictions and use of force” by the authorities to foil the May 21 Eidgah ‘chalo’ march called by the amalgam.
Addressing a hurriedly- convened press conference at his Nigeen residence, where he was placed under house arrest on Tuesday evening, Mirwaiz said that it was highly deplorable that people who claim to be “so-called democrats act in a dictatorial and autocratic manner by imposing curfews, restrictions and bans to stop people and the resistance leadership from paying homage to their martyred leaders.”
Mirwaiz said for the past five years government has used intimidation and force to stop the May 21 and July 13 events. He said Hurriyat leaders and workers including Moulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al Moosvi Al Safvi, advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, and Syed Salim Geelani have been put under house arrest while as Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Hilal Ahmad War, Yasmeen Raja, Hakeem Abdul Rashid, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi and others have been either put under house arrest or in police lock ups.
Terming the nocturnal raids on houses of Hurriyat leaders and activists, arrests and house arrest of leaders, declared and undeclared curfew, siege of historic Jamia Masjid, restrictions on roads leading to Eidgah, as a defeat of government, Mirwaiz stated that it nullifies the claims of ‘democracy and freedom of expression’.
He said that it is the height of double standards that while the rallies of pro-India parties are facilitated and supported by the state government and its machinery, peaceful activities and programs of resistance leadership are suppressed by use of force and intimidation.
Mirwaiz stated that it was the right of every nation to pay tributes to its martyrs and leaders, but the situation in Kashmir was contrary to that. He said such acts should be an eye opener and cause of worry for the international human rights organizations and institutions advocating democratic values. He said that time and again government lays restrictions and curfew in the premises of historic Jamia masjid to crush the emotions and aspirations of common masses. He said the policy of arresting doctors, resistance leaders and civil society “would not weaken the resolve of people towards freedom struggle.”
Expressing concern over the role of police, intelligence agencies and administration, Mirwaiz stated that Kashmir was “practically a police state where the emotions and political aspirations of people were being crushed under jackboots of armed forces.”
On the occasion, Mirwaiz announced that the golden jubilee celebrations of the Awami Action Committee would kick-start on June 20 by holding of a huge public rally at Municipal Park Srinagar.
Mirwaiz demanded a fresh probe in the massacres of Hawal, Bijbehara, Zakura, Khanyar, Gaw Kadal, Handwara etc, and said that those found guilty should be brought to justice.