SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani has strongly condemned the “arbitrary and coercive act” of raiding the house of United Jihad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin and summoning his grandson, Muzamil Ahmad Khan, to Delhi by NIA, saying authorities are playing “folly” to harass and scare the resistance leadership from representing the people’s sentiments and their just political struggle.
Geelani also denounced the filing of charge-sheet against the prominent religious scholar Dr Zakir Naik and said he (Naik) always pleaded for mutual harmony and brotherhood between different communities and never propagated hatred. He said Dr Zakir Naik has been instrumental in promoting education and conveying the peaceful message of Islam.
Terming the summoning and raid of UJC chief’s residence as an act of political vendetta, Geelani in a statement said Muzamil Khan is a student and such “coercive actions” are aimed at tarnishing his educational carrier. “These arbitrary actions won’t break his resolve. His family is being victimised for dedication and commitment with (the) ongoing freedom movement,” he said.
Terming the allegations levelled against Dr Zakir Naik as “bundle of lies”, the Hurriyat chairman said the Islamic scholar is being implicated for preaching the true message of Islam. “Authorities are misleading people and hence levelling fake and fabricated charges against a prominent scholar and educationist like Zakir Naik.” Geelani said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat in a statement has denounced the arrest of Hurriyat leader and Chairman of Muslim Democratic League, Abdul Rashid Hakeem, Hurriyat chief spokesperson Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, continuous house arrest of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Mohammad Ashraf Laya and barring people from offering Friday prayers in Jamia Masjid for the last 5 successive Fridays as an act of “political vengeance”.
Hurriyat said people in Jammu Kashmir are facing “worst type of state-sponsored terrorism” since 27th October 1947 when India forcibly occupied the state. “The arrests, restrictions and strangulating people’s aspirations are now becoming a daily routine,” Hurriyat said and expressed deep concern over the plight of detainees in Kathua jail, saying the behaviour of jail authorities is “callous and inhuman”.
“The detainees are denied their rights and are allowed to move out of the prison cell for mere one hour,” it said. Hurriyat blamed authorities for creating a “graveyard silence”, saying “all these repressive and coercive measures won’t break our resolve or deter us from pursuing the cherished mission”.