Srinagar: Both factions of Hurriyat Conference on Saturday condemned the restrictions imposed by authorities on the Eidgah chalo programme and placing the resistance leadership under house arrest.
Chairman Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had called for Eidgah chalo to commemorate the martyrdom anniversaries of his father Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq, Abdul Gani Lone, and Hawal Martyrs. The amalgam was scheduled to participate in the congregational Fateh Khawani prayers at the Martyrs Graveyard Eidgah following which they had to pay tributes to the martyrs.
Condemning the ban on Eidgah chalo programme and detention of pro-freedom leadership, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani termed it the “frustration and acceptance of defeat” by the government.
“Banning of political programmes and arrest of leaders is an open state terrorism,” Geelani said in a statement issued here.
“Kashmir is a police state where government is ruling the people on the gun point. The freedom of expression is already banned here and now Mehbooba Mufti can go to any extent to appease the communal forces of India,” he said.
Geelani said the “Indian ’imperialism is at war with the unarmed and peace-loving people of Kashmir and the local pro-India politicians draw huge salaries for advocating India’s forced occupation in Kashmir”.
“The conspiracies and the wicked policies which India and the pro-Indian politicians are hatching in Jammu & Kashmir can anytime trigger a wild storm here,” Geelani said.
In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz who is under house arrest condemned the government’s “undemocratic and dictatorial steps” saying the continuous use of force and violence can neither stop people from carrying forward their just struggle nor would the crackdown on the resistance leadership and people pave the way for implementing the agenda of RSS in Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, a Hurriyat (M) spokesman while condemning the restrictions on programme said, “Like the previous government, which repeatedly tried to stop May 21 programmes of the amalgam during their six years in power, the PDP-led coalition government betrayed the claims they had made while in opposition and followed the footprints of its predecessors by sabotaging today’s programme. This proves their frustration,” he said.
He said Mirwaiz has been placed under house arrest at Mirwaiz Manzil Nigeen since Friday evening while several Hurriyat and Awami Action Committee leaders and activist have been detained or placed under house arrest.
The spokesman said conglomerate’s senior leader Muhammad Musadiq Adil led a delegation to Martyrs Graveyard, Sopore where they paid tributes to ‘Shaheed-e-Millat, Shaheed-e-Hurriyat’, Hawal Martyrs and all martyrs of Kashmir.