SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) on Sunday condemned the “brutal” tactics, continuous curfew, and severe restrictions imposed throughout Kashmir by authorities “to stop the people from protesting and carrying forward their struggle for right to self-determination”.
In a statement issued here, a spokesman of the conglomerate said for the past 23 days, government’s “oppressive and suppressive” tactics continue while its forces and SOG are indulging in “barbaric” activities by openly displaying their “dictatorial and Nazi” mindset.
He condemned the “barbarism” of government forces at Imam Sahab Shopian, Paya Chan Bandipora, and dozens of other places which resulted in critical injuries to several students and arrests of youth besides “preparing of a list” for arrest of over 1000 youth. “The crackdown, night raids, ransacking of people’s belongings by forcibly entering into their houses by government forces, and harassment and manhandling of residents are war crimes,” he said.
The spokesman condemned the continuous arrest of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik at Srinagar’s Central Jail, continuous house arrest of Syed Ali Geelani and conglomerate’s chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and placing of restrictions on their activities besides the continuous arrest of Shabir Ahmad Shah and house arrest of Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Javed Ahmad Mir, and dozens of Hurriyat leaders and activists. “This is the acceptance of defeat of the ruling class. These tactics have failed and cannot suppress Kashmiris’ resistance movement,” he said.
The spokesman appealed people to follow in letter and spirit the protest programme issued by the joint resistance leadership till August 5. “We must exhibit unity and brotherhood in these trying times and must remain consistent and show resolve to carry on the resistance movement with dedication,” he said.
The Hurriyat (M) spokesman also condemned the “ruthless” beating up of a youth, Ishfaq Ahmad, at the hands of government forces in north Kashmir’s Sopore area on July 23 following which he died of injuries at SKIMS, Soura. Paying tributes to Ishfaq, the spokesman said “the sacrifices of these martyrs won’t be allowed to go waste”.