Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference factions and JKLF Friday thanked people people for observing a shutdown against Indian PM Narendara Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir.
Hurriyat Conference Jammu and Kashmir leader Shabir Ahmad Shah while expressing gratitude to the people said, “To observe shutdown against Modi’s visit is part of our resistance movement.”
Shah condemned the house arrest and frequent raids at the houses of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ghulam Muhammad Ganai, Ayaz Akbar, Muhammad Yusuf Naqash and Bilal Ahmad Shah.
JKLF while congratulating people for observing strike said, “Today’s peaceful and protest strike in entire Kashmir must serve as an eye opener to Modi, BJP, RSS and others and they should revisit their anti-Kashmir approach and policies,” the party’s zonal president Noor Mohammad Kalwal said in a statement.
“JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested in a nocturnal raid by police on Thursday. Police also arrested Front’s district president Kupwara Rafiq Ahmad War,” Kalwal said
“These arrests, restrictions, oppressive measures and suppression are a glaring example of how India is ruling Kashmir by dint of its military might,” he said.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads a faction of the Hurriyat Conference, denounced the authorities for not allowing people to offer Juma prayers in Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
Preventing people from offering congregational prayers in Srinagar Jamia Mosque was the worst kind of religious and human rights violation, he said.
Mirwaiz said that the way Kashmir was converted into a military garrison on the occasion of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, Indian leadership should realize the ground situation.
Unresolved Kashmir dispute was a permanent threat to the peace of entire South Asia and its amicable settlement in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people could bring permanent peace and prosperity in the whole region, Mirwaiz said.
“He said that it was not the economic or border issue but the disputed territory pending with the United Nation for last several decades,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that peace and tranquility in the South Asian region linked to settlement of Kashmir dispute and urged India and the international community to take steps for resolution of Kashmir dispute which was also in the interest of India and Pakistan.