Condemns house detention of Mirwaiz, lockdown of Jamia Masjid
SRINAGAR: Terming the October 27 as the “most unfortunate day” for people in recent history of Kashmir, the Hurriyat Conference (M) on Friday said when people of Kashmir were observing the day as “black day”, the government again turned to its traditional approach of curbing the dissent by imposing curfew and strict restrictions on the people’s movement and put the amalgam chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention to put curbs on his social, political and religious activities and prevent him from offering the obligatory Friday prayers.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement said due to restrictions for the fifth consecutive week, no Friday prayers could be offered in Kashmir’s grand mosque – the Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
He termed authorities’ action as “vindictive” and condemned it in strong terms. “These actions amount to the direct interference in religious affairs of the people and these means of oppression are used under a well-planned policy to crush the resolve of people besides choking the economy of downtown Srinagar to punish the people for their unflinching support to the movement,” he said.
The spokesperson said the “dictatorial attitude” adopted by government is aimed at weakening the popular political sentiment of people of Kashmir. He strongly criticised authorities for resorting to frequent imposition of curfews in downtown and caging a huge population in their homes.
“Kashmir stands as an internationally accepted dispute,” the Hurriyat (M) spokesperson said, adding, “The people of Kashmir are struggling for their basic right – the right of self-determination from past seven decades. The implementation of UN resolutions or a meaningful dialogue between India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir is the only way forward to resolve this issue.”
The spokesperson strongly condemned the detention of senior Hurriyat leader Mukhtar Ahmad Waza at Sherbagh Police Station from Thursday night.