SRINAGAR: Expressing serious concern over the frequent imposition of curfew and restrictions in downtown Srinagar and caging entire population of the area without any proper justification, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Saturday said the move amounts to violation of basic democratic principles.
A spokesperson of the amalgam in a statement said just after a single incident anywhere in Jammu and Kashmir, government wastes no time in imposing curbs in downtown and confining people to their homes without worrying for their basic rights.
“Beyond imposition of toughest curbs in downtown, the government has developed a habit of placing the APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention. It was only after 13 days of continuous house confinement that Mirwaiz was allowed to address the Friday gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar and soon after his return; he was yet again placed under house detention. This reflects the autocratic mindset of those at the helm.”
The spokesperson also condemned the re-arrest of amalgam leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza stating that Waza too is being subjected to “political vendetta” as caging him in police station Sherbagh, Anantnag is “highly undemocratic”.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson has expressed grief over the demise of valley’s prominent trade union leader Haji Bashir Ahmed Ganai, saying the deceased remained steadfast throughout his life towards the Kashmir’s struggle.
“To condole the sad demise, APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq spoke to the son of the deceased, Dr Shahid Iqbal over phone and expressed sympathy and solidarity,” the spokesperson said. “Mirwaiz also prayed for the highest standards in Jannah for the deceased.”