Incarcerated Hurriyat leader and chairman of salvation movement, Zafar Akbar Bhat, denounced the curfew, internet gag, restrictions, curbs, arrests and harassment of the people of Kashmir on the eve of the first anniversary of Burhan Wani. He termed it as undemocratic and unjustified that the whole Valley, including Chenab valley, was turned into a garrison.
He condemned the pressure that was being created on Burhan Wani’s father, Muzaffar Wani, from organising any function and detaining of all those people, who tried to reach his graveyard to offer their prayers despite naka.
Zafar said, “Despite of all pressure tactics to suppress the freedom movement, it is alive and people will take it to its logical end and no one can stop us from our struggle for right to self-determination.”
He said that the Centre should address the core issue of Kashmir and should take positive steps towards the resolution of Kashmir issue instead of using military might.
Meanwhile, Shazia Bhaji of the women’s wing of salvation movement organised a protest rally at Sopore against the oppression of security forces. A delegation of JKSM that included Imtiyaz Ahmed, Farooq Ahmed, Adnan Salfi, Zubair, Ishaq visited Burhan Wani’s graveyard at Tral on July 7 and offered their prayers to him, his associates and all other who were killed. The delegation also visited the residence of Burhan Wani and expressed solidarity with his family.
They also demanded the release of all leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik, Zafar Akbar Bhat and other youths detained in different jails and police stations.