SRINAGAR: Strongly condemning the house arrest of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and not allowing him to offer Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid, the Hurriyat Conference (M) has said the way government was imposing curbs on political and religious activities of Mirwaiz and other resistance leaders reflects the “worst example of dictatorial policies”.
In a statement issued here, a Hurriyat (M) spokesman said government and other pro-India political parties, by conducting the upcoming “sham” parliamentary elections “through military might and coercion” want to show the world that things were alright in Kashmir.
“In reality, Kashmir is turned into a police state where resistance leadership has been put behind bars or placed under house arrest and all those voices in favour of election boycott and supporting the right to self determination are being ruthlessly crushed by the government,” he said.
He also condemned the arrest of youth across valley saying a large number of youngsters were being arrested from Srinagar and Pulwama and shifted to police lockups and jails. “The government action of arresting youth is unwarranted and an act of political vendetta,” he said.
Meanwhile, Khateeb of Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, Syed Ahmad Naqashbandi in his Friday sermon condemned the house arrest of Mirwaiz. “By continuously stopping Mirwaiz to offer Friday prayers, the government is openly interfering into his religious affairs. This reflects the government’s frustration,” he said.
Meanwhile, remembering the victims of 2003 Naidmarg, Pulwama massacre in which 22 Kashmiri Pandits were killed by unknown gunmen, the Hurriyat spokesman said “it was highly regrettable and reflects the extreme callousness of the rulers that till date the culprits of the massacre were not nabbed nor were any serious and independent efforts made to probe the incident”.