Hurriyat (M) condemns restrictions in downtown areas

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) has strongly condemned the continuous imposition of curfew and restrictions in downtown and some areas of Srinagar for the last three days, saying the entire region has been converted into a military fortress.
“Caging lakhs of people in their own homes causing them great distress and hardships is the ultimate form of state highhandedness,” a spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement said.
He also castigated the government for “arbitrary and illegal” confinement of its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syed Ali Geelani in their own homes and detention of Muhammad Yasin Malik at central jail. “Such moves defy all claims (of) democracy and are simply revengeful,” he said.
The spokesperson said complete response evoked to the strike call of joint resistance leadership on Indian home minister’s visit to Kashmir has “once again proved that Kashmir is not a law and order issue or an internal matter of Delhi but a human and political issue which needs to be resolved by accepting its disputed nature and giving the people their promised right to self-determination”.
He also paid tributes to three militants Shahid Ahmed Sheikh, Tariq Ahmed Bhat and Altaf Ahmed killed in Sopore and Shopian encounters. “Kashmiri youth are being pushed to the wall due to continued oppression and military approach of New Delhi in dealing with Kashmir issue (and) forcing young and educated lot to pick up arms as a means of resistance,” he said.