Govt following footsteps of predecessors: Hurriyat (M)

Srinagar: Criticising the state administration over imposing curfew and disallowing peaceful sit-in planned by the pro-freedom leadership at Jamia Masjid, Hurriyat Conference (M) on Friday said the present government is following the footsteps of its predecessors.
The amalgam also condemned the house arrest of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.
“By adopting undemocratic means of stifling the resistance leadership the incumbent government has virtually turned Kashmir into a police state where all the basic rights of the people are being trampled upon,” a Hurriyat (M) spokesman said in a statement.
He said it is “shameful” on part of administration to impose restrictions on the sit-in protest at Jamia Masjid and on the peaceful activities of resistance leadership.
Terming the house arrest of Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq as unfortunate and condemnable, the spokesman said the so-called government not only stopped Mirwaiz from performing his religious obligations but also stopped thousands of people from attending the Friday congregational prayers by placing curfew-like restrictions across various areas of valley.
The Hurriyat (M) spokesman said such tactics adopted by the government to break the will of the resistance leadership and people has failed in the past and would bear no fruits in future as well.
The spokesman also condemned the police for carrying raids on the residences of the senior pro-freedom leaders Moulana Abbas Ansari, Moulvi Masroor Abbas Ansari, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Javaid Ahmad Mir and dozens of other leaders and activists. He criticised the government for detaining several resistance leaders and Hurriyat activists in various police stations across Srinagar and imposition of curfew in most parts of south Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the spokesman said that Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman would address an Ashoora Muharram gathering at Alam Sahab Narwara shrine after Zuhur prayers on Saturday October 24, 2015.