Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been arrested and shifted from the Nigeen Police Station, where he was first detained, to some undisclosed location. Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani was also detained.
In a statement, a Hurriyat spokesman said Mirwaiz expressed “deep regret and disgust” that even for the seventh consecutive week the “oppressive regime” barred Muslims across the valley from offering Friday prayers in major mosques, including the historic Jamia Masjid, Srinagar.
Before his arrest, Mirwaiz said, “ The statement that ‘those killed by bullets, pellets were not out to buy toffees, milk’ by the heartless lady of the ruling regime is shameless to say the least.”
“Her statement meant to justify the killings of innocent civilians at the hands of government forces not only exposed the ruling regime’s anti-Kashmir mindset but also their inhuman and vengeful attitude towards people,” he said.
Reiterating that oppression had neither yielded any results for the governments in the past nor would they force people to give up on their right to self-determination, he said the government was adopting “all dirty tricks up its sleeves to break the will and resolve of the people” while black laws like the infamous Public Safety Act (PSA) had been slapped on over 200 youth.
“Despite Kashmir being the world’s highest military zone, India kept sending more and more troops. Now the BSF to the valley, and stationing them in schools and colleges and within populated areas of Srinagar city, so that the surveillance on each and every Kashmiri is increased while Kashmir has already been converted into a massive prison,” he added.