SRINAGAR: Both factions of Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday condemned the detention and continuous house arrest of several pro-freedom leaders, saying the authorities can’t break their resolve to fight for their rights.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, while condemning the continuous detention of Shabir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, and dozens of other pro-freedom leaders and activists, said the government was “scared” of the pro-freedom leadership.
“India claims to be the world’s largest democratic country, but in Kashmir its democratic claims gets badly exposed. The state is practically ruled by military and the law and order has been suspended here,” he said in a statement issued here.
Demanding immediate release of all political prisoners, Geelani said the policy of detaining people would have “serious consequences” and would increase the political uncertainty and instability in the state.
A spokesman of Hurriyat Conference (M) said the administration was being “dictatorial and fascist” and using “brute force in an undemocratic manner”.
He said several of the conglomerate’s leaders were detained in police stations or placed under house arrest.
“Scores of youths also have been rounded up ahead of the martyrdom anniversaries of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru,” he said in a statement issued here.
“By using brute force on people, Kashmir’s resistance movement cannot be crushed. People cannot be stopped from paying tributes and expressing solidarity with the martyred leaders of the ongoing resistance struggle.”
The spokesman said the people of Kashmir have “sacrificed their lives for the greater cause of Kashmir resolution”.
“It is necessary to solve the issue as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir,” he said.