Hurriyat denounces continuous arrest of resistance leaders

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SRINAGAR: Condemning the arrest spree and placing of resistance leaders under house arrest, Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference on Monday termed it as “an extreme type of vandalism and terrorism”.
“This is martial law like situation,” said Hurriyat in a statement, “Since the inception of PDP led coalition government, authorities are not allowing us to carry political activities.”
Hurriyat said its chairman Syed Ali Geelani continuous to be under house detention for the last several years while ahead of Republic Day of India, several leaders including Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai were placed under house arrest.
Hurriyat said JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik and Bilal Sidiqee were arrested and lodged in central jail Srinagar and other leaders who are lodged in different police stations include Shah Wali Mohammad, Hurriyat spokesperson Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Omer Adil Dar and Ashiq Husain Narchhor.
Hurriyat condemned the fresh arrest spree saying that apart from several youths, Masarat Alam Bhat, Dr Shafi Shariati, Dr Muhammad Qassim Faktoo, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal , Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Kamran Yousuf, Javed Ahmed, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Mohammad Yusuf Mir, Mohammad Ramazan Khan, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Amir Hamza Shah, Mohammad Yousaf Falahi, Mir Hafeez-Ullah, Mohammad Yousuf Lone, Abdul Ahad Para, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo, Nisar Ahmed Najar, Javed Ahmad Phule, Mohammad Amin Ahangar, Mohammad Amin Parey, Latif Ahmed Dar, Mufti Abdul Ahad, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat ,Mohammad Ashraf Malik, Mansoor Ahmed Kaloo, Mohammad Subhan Wani, Hakim-ul-Rehman, Ikhlas Ahmad Sheikh, Shabir Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Sultan Sofi, Ghulam Nabi Gujri, Ghulam Hassan Shah, Abdul Majeed (Logripora), Abdul Gani Bhat, Raies Ahmad Mir, Salman Yousuf, Nazir Ahmed Manto, Tauseef Ahmed, Mohammad Rafiq Ganai, Farooq Tawheedi, Mohammad Subhan Khan, Ghulam Mohammad Tantrey, Gowher Ahmed Sheikh, Muhammad Rajab Bhat, Nasir Ahmad Ganai, Danish Mushtaq, Abdul Hameed Parey, Meraj-u-Din Niako, Abdul Rashid Rather, Shariq Maqbool, Hakim Showkat Ahmed, Sajjad Ahmed, Asadullah Parey, Sona ullah Dar, Hilal Ahmed Pala, Abdul Samad Inqilabi are languishing in different jails since long.
Ridiculing the “unjustified restrictions” over political activities of resistance camp, Hurriyat criticised the ruling PDP’s “rhetoric” of ‘battle of ideas’.
“Instead of facing resistance camp on political turf, the ruling coalition government prefers and believes in terror and harassment,” Hurriyat said. “This is taking a heavy toll and is the basic reason for prevailing gloomy situation and uncertainty in the state.”
Commenting over the recent arrests, frisking and night raids ahead of January 26, Hurriyat said “it is a mere drama enacted by forces and police”.
“In the wake of Delhi’s suppressive policies in Kashmir, India has lost moral right to observe its Republic Day parades as the state has never been its part,” Hurriyat said.