SRINAGAR: Following the protest programme of the united pro-freedom leadership, scores of pro-freedom activists held a sit-in protest after Zuhr prayers at Nowhatta chowk on Monday.
The resistance leadership led by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, had in their weekly calendar called for a protest demonstration after Zuhr prayers on Monday against “anti-Kashmir” policies.
Carrying placards that read “Death sentence to Muzaffar a murder of justice” and other pro-freedom and ant-India slogans, the protesters demanded repeal of the death sentence given to Kulgam youth Muzaffar Ahmad Rather in West Bengal and the immediate release of all political prisoners in Jammu and Kashmir.
Several Hurriyat Conference leaders participated in the protest demonstration. Speakers included Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Noor Muhammad Kalwal and Sheikh Abdul Rashid.
“Anti-Kashmir policies are being executed by Government of India and its local collaborators in Jammu Kashmir. They are using brute force to suppress the peaceful and just struggle of Kashmiri people,” they said.
Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, a Hurriyat member who spoke at the occasion, told Kashmir Reader that it was “murder of justice” to sentence the Kashmiri youth to death for carrying fake currency.
“If they claim that he (Muzaffar) was going or returning from Bangladesh carrying a huge amount of money, then awarding death sentence for such acts is unreasonable. It is simply a murder of justice in Indian courts,” Kalwal said.
He said that Kashmiris are being implicated in false cases and sent behind bars under the draconian Public Safety Act in Kashmir. “The government has spared no tool at its disposal to crush the Kashmiris with brute force, violence and aggression. But these tactics had never yielded desired results for New Delhi nor would they do so in the future,” he said.
Speakers termed the Kashmir issue as a “living reality” and said that as long as New Delhi pushes the issue under the carpet, South Asia would continue to suffer from an atmosphere of uncertainty. “Rather than addressing the core issue of Kashmir, governments here in the state and in New Delhi are using tactics to demoralise the people of Kashmir. We want to make it clear that these treacherous acts won’t deter us from achieving our right to self-determination,” Noor Mohammad Kalwal of JKLF said at the gathering.