Protest after Friday prayers against ‘Indian electronic media’s propaganda war’, says leadership
Srinagar: Government troops blocked all roads leading to the Hurriyat (G) office at Hyderpora where the pro-freedom leadership was to hold a meeting with members of the business community on Monday. The meeting was to discuss the situation arising from the raids conducted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at the homes and offices of several pro-freedom leaders and businessmen in the state.
Police were deployed in large numbers outside the Hurriyat (G) office at Hyderpora that is also Syed Ali Geelani’s residence. The police barred the entry of everyone into the office.
With Geelani already under house detention, police also put under house detention Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence on Monday morning.
Police also put JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik in Kothibagh police station.
A statement of the joint resistance leadership said that they will continue to pursue the right to self determination till it is achieved.
“Such moves to intimidate and harass pro-freedom leaders and activists is the Government of India’s acceptance that it has not been able to politically defeat the people’s struggle for freedom in Jammu and Kashmir,” the leadership said in their statement.
“After brazen admissions of being at war with unarmed civilian population of Kashmir, and all being fair in such an unequal war, it comes as no surprise that this government can stoop to any level or employ any bullying means to intimidate pro-freedom activists and leaders and traders,” the statement said.
“The high-decibel propaganda, rather vilification campaign, and the prejudices and biases being promoted against the people of Kashmir, through most of the Indian electronic media whose interests are backed by the Government of India and many of whom are on the payroll of their agencies, is part of the aggressive strategy adopted to undermine and weaken the people’s movement,” the leadership said.
“The leadership knows that being in the forefront of representing a subjugated people’s political aspirations, they will be subject to all kinds of pressures and harassment. Incarceration, solitary confinements, detentions or even worse is and will be their fate. They experience it daily. Like those they lead, their commitment to the cause of self-determination is firm. The leadership is ready to face every challenge thrown its way,” the statement said.
The leadership said that after Friday prayers, peaceful protests will be held across the valley “against the witch-hunt, coercion and intimidation” and against “the Indian electronic media’s propaganda war against Kashmiris.”