SRINAGAR: Deploring the government’s efforts to abort the ‘Islamabad Chalo’ programme by imposing strict curfew throughout Kashmir Valley for the 18th consecutive day, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Monday said that such “undemocratic measures” and curbs on the movement of resistance leaders and “freedom-loving people” cannot change the people’s mindset.
Mirwaiz was arrested on Monday when he came out of his Nigeen residence to march towards Anantnag.
Talking to media persons standing outside his residence before his arrest, he, according to a statement issued here, condemned the “oppressive tactics” of the government.
“Killings, injuring, maiming and blinding of people, imposing curfew, restrictions and curbs on people for demanding their basic right—the right to self-determination—is state terrorism and highly condemnable,” he said.
He demanded that the people’s right to peaceful assembly and protest be restored forthwith and the forces be withdrawn and leadership and people be allowed to visit the bereaved families.
Using force to prevent people from mourning and expressing their protest against “such gruesome acts” is deplorable, he said.
Mirwaiz said that by adopting “intransigent” and “rigid” approach New Delhi was just prolonging the crisis and its “military and iron fist approach” cannot suppress the voice of the people.
He reiterated that Kashmir is a political issue that needs to be resolved through political engagement among all the parties—the people of Kashmir, India and Pakistan.
He urged the people across the Valley to remain steadfast in carrying the resistance movement forward.
The amalgam also condemned the arrest of Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam and other resistance leaders and said such tactics will not deter the resistance leaders or freedom-loving from pursuing self-determination.