Hurriyat (M) invites Geelani, Malik, Qayoom for ‘peaceful sit-in’

Srinagar: The Hurriyat (M) has invited veteran resistance leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, JKLF Chairman Yasin Malik, Jammu & Kashmir High Court Bar Association President Mian Muhammad Qayoom, civil society activists and other pro-freedom leaders to participate in a sit-in programme on Friday to “unitedly demonstrate against atrocities committed against Kashmiris”, according to a press release by the Hurriyat (M).
The ‘peaceful sit-in’ at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, is being organised in protest against the murder of Zahid Rasool, the “continuous crackdown on Kashmir’s resistance leadership and the common masses, state-sponsored terrorism, attacks of Kashmiri Muslims by fanatics, arrests of youth, attacks on minorities in India and violations of political, religious and human rights”, the statement said.
The sit-in protest, the statement said, was also meant to “attract the attention of the international community towards the excesses committed on the people of Kashmir by Indian forces”.
The APHC, it said, wanted to “prick the conscience of the international community to take cognizance of the human rights situation in Kashmir” and try and make the international community understand that “things in Kashmir can be changed for the better only when (it) plays its role in the resolution of the long-standing Kashmir issue”.
A Hurriyat (M) spokesman also condemned the house arrest of the Mirwaiz and other resistance leaders, the curfew in south Kashmir’s Anantnag, undeclared curfew in Srinagar, banning of Muharram processions and the crackdown on Hurriyat activists, terming all this as an indication of the “dictatorial and fascist attitude of the government and Indian forces”.
“Such pressure tactics against the Hurriyat leadership and the people would not bring any results for the government as the people and the resistance leadership was determined to carry forward the just struggle until it reaches its logical conclusion of the right to self-determination,” the spokesman said.
He also condemned the government for not allowing Muharram processions and for placing senior Hurriyat leaders, Moulana Abbas Ansari and Masroor Ansari, under house arrest as well as for the continuing detention of senior leaders Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Javaid Ahmad Mir and Muzaffar Rizvi, and youths being detained in various police stations.