Hurriyat Conference (M) Friday condemned the government’s decision of deploying police and paramilitary forces around historic Jamia Masjid and imposing curfew and curbs in downtown thereby barring the people from offering congregational Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid.
The spokesman according to a statement issued here termed it as ‘a dictatorial attitude of the ruling regime in Kashmir’.
Hurriyat (M) spokesman said that after muzzling the genuine political rights on the basis of military might, the government through its forces is now trampling the religious rights by preventing people from offering congregational Friday prayers at the grand Masjid.
“This is purely a authoritarian approach of the government,” the spokesman said.
Hurriyat expressed serious resentment over the detention of Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence, preventing him from carrying out social, religious and political duties.
He said that the present government has failed on all fronts and now acting as a mute spectator over the frequent incidents of braid chopping which has left the entire Valley in a grip of fear and terror.
He also said that keeping Mirwaiz under house arrest is a deliberate move to keep him away from the people, which deserve all forms of condemnations.
The spokesman said that now raising voice against braid chopping incidents which has left the women folk of Kashmir in a deep shock seems to be a crime for the government that terms everything as a law and order situation and justifies its curbs and huge deployment of forces to scuttle the peaceful protest programs.
He said it is irony that all the pro-freedom leaders are either placed under house arrest or being arrested while as huge population of downtown is confined to their homes.
Hurriyat also strongly denounced the continuous house detention of aged leader Syed Ali Geelani, and arresting the JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and lodging him in central jail Srinagar.
Meanwhile, on the call of JRL, protest were staged across Kashmir where in braid chopping incidents were strongly condemned and failure of the rulers in preventing such incidents was criticized.
The activities led by Mushtaq Ahmed Sofi, Farooq Ahmed Saudagar, Muhammad Yousuf Bhat, Farooq Ahmed, Muhammad Sidiq Hazar and Sahil Ahmed stated protest against braid chopping at Soura, Anchar.
The protestors condemned the growing incidents of braid chopping in Kashmir and also questioned the failure of the government in curbing these incidents. They also said that governments approach towards the elements behind braid chopping is totally callous.