- Pro-freedom camp condemns use of force in Anantnag, arrests
- Geelani calls for peaceful protest after Friday prayers
SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom camp on Tuesdaycondemned the government’s use of force in Anantnag and the crackdown on leaders.
In a press statement issued here, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geeani condemned the police’s “murderous assault” on JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik and continuous house arrest of various pro-freedom leaders and members including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar.
He also condemned police raids on the residences of various leaders and activists including Tehreek-e-Hurriyat District President for Srinagar and Gandarbal, Raja Mehraj-ud-din.
Geelani appealed people to hold peaceful protest demonstrations after Friday prayers against the Udhampur attack.
He blamed BJP-PDP coalition for Udhampur-like incidents, saying, “BJP is an open book of communal hatred and Mufti Sayeed Sahab, by merging with this party, gave them a chance to rule Jammu and Kashmir”.
“They openly showed their communal and fascist face to the people of the state,” he said.
He said the death of Zahid Rasool and life-threatening burn injuries to Showkat Ahmad “is a big tragedy” for the Muslims of Kashmir.
“These kinds of terrorist activities of the government-sponsored terrorists should be condemned at each level,” he said. “Every person with conscience should protest this grave incident.”
He, however, said the protest should be “peaceful, disciplined and according to the Islamic principles” and not against any particular community.
Asking people not to damage anybody’s property, he said, “If our youths will harm or damage the Jammu-born vehicles that too will be condemnable.”
He reiterated his demand for trying the attackers for murder and giving capital punishment to them.
“The case be dealt with on a fast-track bases and the involved persons should be hanged in public,” he said, and appealed Muslims in Pir Panjal and Chenab Valley to hold peaceful protest demonstration.
Geelani asked the world community to “serious notice” of the Indian government’s “inhuman approach” towards the minorities.
Hurriyat (G) appealed people of Anantnag to participate in the condolence meeting being held at Batengoo on Thursday.
Meanwhile, A spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (M) condemned use of force in Kadipora and other areas of Anantnag.
He said the use of use of force was an example of “shameless dictatorship and fascism”.
Condemning the continued arrest of senior Hurriyat (M) leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, and the damage caused to his residence by government forces, the spokesman said, “The civil administration has given a free hand to them for carrying attacks on the resistance leadership and the local population. They indulge in barbaric acts whenever and wherever they want.”
Muslim Deeni Mahaz condemned the “fresh wave of atrocities unleashed by police and armed forces”.
In a press statement issued here, the party’s Chief Organiser, Zeeshan Rafiq, and Provisional President of Kashmir, Shakeel Ahmad Thokar, said, “Mufti family has sold our Muslim identity to RSS for being in chair. The RSS goons are today challenging Muslims in their own land and are now violently pursuing their agenda.”
On the other hand, they said, the state is arrested pro-freedom leaders and volunteers.
“Arrest of Bilal Farooq, senior leader of MDM, is an instance of this. He was arrested on August 18 in the campaign for lifers, and booked under PSA,” they said.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat president Asiya Andrabi also condemned the “highhandedness” of police and paramilitary forces in Anantnag.
“Many mourners were ruthlessly beaten despite the fact that they were peacefully heading towards the house of the martyr. Forces have crossed limits and the way people were beaten for no reason should be condemned in strongest possible words,” Asiya said in a statement here.
Kashmir Traders and Manufactures Federation President also condemned “the assault” on Muhammad Yasin Malik.
In a press statement issued here, Khan who is also the Chairman of KEA, said, “The way this senior leader was heckled by forces while being whisked away in a van, amounts to assault because Malik Sahib happens to be a delicate patient who has undergone multiple surgeries and deserves all care and respect.”