SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) has strongly criticised government for again disallowing the congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, imposing stringent curbs in entire downtown and caging its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his house.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement termed these “repressive” measures as “a reflection of India’s so-called democracy that it trumpets around the world”.
He said the amalgam has registered a strong protest against the “display of state terrorism in the form of strict curfew and huge deployment of forces across the length and breadth of Kashmir, blocking of communication lines, caging of entire leadership and activists to prevent people from staging peaceful protest against the unabated killing spree including the recent killing of a teenager Shakir Ahmed of Shopian, and critical injury of two 18 year old girls, Saima and Summera”.
The spokesperson said the entire Kashmir has been converted into a “military garrison” and an atmosphere of fear is prevalent everywhere as the infamous CASO operations continue.
“Every year January 26 and August 15 bring miseries to the people of Kashmir as there is a huge deployment of forces all over as if a war is going on. In the run up to January 26 and August 15, Kashmiris are subjected to worst form of harassment frisking bans and curbs to inconvenience and intimidate them.”
He said such “repressive” measures can’t break the resolve of the resistance leadership and the people of Kashmir who are demanding their fundamental right to self-determination.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson has strongly condemned the continuous detention of senior Hurriyat leaders Mukhtar Ahmad Waza at Sherbagh police station and house arrest of Engineer Hilal Ahmad War at his Maisuma residence.