Srinagar: The J&K government on Thursday disallowed a seminar called by Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Geelani to discuss and deliberate upon the resolutions passed on Kashmir by the United Nations (UN) since 1948.
A day before the seminar, on Wednesday, police had detained or arrested several resistance leaders and activists, to thwart any move to organise the seminar at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence, from where he operates the office of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH).
The 88-year-old Geelani, who has been under continuous house arrest since 2010, had invited joint resistance leaders (JRL) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik as participants to the seminar. The Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said that several personalities of public eminence were scheduled to attend the seminar which was titled, ‘Resolution of Kashmir Dispute in The Light of Right to Self Determination’.
“No one was allowed to enter the venue,” said an office bearer of TeH at the Hyderpora office. “Deployment of government forces was made outside the residence of Geelani, while many of our men are behind bars,” he said.
Early on Wednesday, the government had directed the police to detain Mirwaiz at his Nigeen residence. Later in the day, Yasin Malik was arrested from his Abi Guzar office and lodged in Central Jail Srinagar.
Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, who was himself detained by police on Wednesday, told Kashmir Reader that no Hurriyat activist had been released from detention by police till late Thursday evening. “We are being told that there is a programme called by the joint resistance leadership and that is why we are behind bars,” he said.
On Wednesday, the JRL called for a complete shutdown and holding of a public rally in Sopore town to remember the victims of the January 6, 1994 massacre.
“I along with Moulvi Bashir Ahmad are detained in police station Shergadi,” Gulzar told this newspaper over phone. “While as Muhammad Yaseen Attai, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder and Gulzar Ahmad Bhat have been detained in police station Budgam after they were arrested from their houses on Tuesday night.”
Geelani’s deputy, Muhammad Ahsraf Sehrai, has also not been allowed to move out of his Baghat residence, a TeH member said.
“It is a lawless state,” Gulzar said of the government repression. “We are being detained at one pretext or the other.”