Says unlawful and unethical restrictions will prove counterproductive
SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Monday condemned the detention of pro-freedom leaders ahead of joint resistance camp’s sit-in cum seminar programme that was scheduled to be held on Monday at Maisuma here.
While Geelani continues to be under house arrest, the resistance leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Mohamad Ashraf Laya, Omar Adil Dar, and others were either placed under house arrest or detained in jails and police stations.
“It is extremely unwise to deny political space and muzzle genuine voices,” Geelani said in a statement issued here while blaming the “ruling elite” for creating “chaos” in the state.
“People have right to resent these arbitrary measures but they are being detained. There seems no let-up in killing and harassment of civilians. The fresh arrest spree, harassment of peaceful civilians, humiliation during night raids and crackdowns is a matter of serious concern,” he said.
Slamming authorities for resorting to “vandalism”, Geelani said since PDP-led coalition came into existence in the state, “undue” restrictions have been placed on all political activities. “These unlawful and unethical restrictions will prove counterproductive and our youth get alienated from peaceful political activities forcing them to give vent to their sentiments,” he said.
Holding New Delhi and pro-India politicians responsible for bloodshed in state, the Hurriyat (G) chairman said, “India follows its egoistic policy and runs its writ through the barrel of gun and military might. However, this has neither worked in past nor it will deliver any good in future.”
He asked New Delhi to realise that Kashmir is a political issue and sincere steps are needed for its peaceful settlement.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (M) has strongly deplored the “repeated dictatorial approach of restricting and barring leadership and Hurriyat activists from peacefully protesting the state policies of killings and arrests”.
In a statement issued here, a spokesman of the conglomerate said its chairman Mirwaiz was scheduled to lead a joint peaceful sit-in protest in Srinagar but was put under house arrest by authorities on Sunday.
“Media advisor Shahid-ul-Islam was put under house arrest while senior leader, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War was arrested and lodged in Maisuma police station,” he said.
Denouncing the government’s repression, the spokesman said on one hand, Kashmiri people are subjected to worst form of “state terrorism” and on other hand; restrictions and bans are imposed on the voices raised against such “oppression and injustices”.