SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference has expressed serious concern over the fresh spurt in the cordon-and-search-operations (CASOs) across Valley especially in south Kashmir areas saying that intense frisking and search operations have triggered a fresh wave of terror among people.
A spokesperson of the amalgam in a statement registered strong protest over restarting CASOs by forces saying that elderly, children and women are living in constant fear especially in south Kashmir.
He denounced authorities’ decision of caging the chairman of the amalgam Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his Nigeen residence terming it as political vendetta. He also condemned the continuous house detention of veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani and arresting the JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik.
“Other leaders including Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Engineer Hilal Ahmed War also have been placed under house detention without any reason, which deserves all forms of condemnation,” he said adding that employing the “undemocratic and repressive” methods to push the leadership into submission and to break their resolve are destined to fail.
He said the world struggles are witness that no genuine movement can be muzzled through military might and that aspirations of people have to be acknowledged sooner or later and the issues resolved as per the wishes and aspirations of masses.
The spokesperson castigated police for arresting father-son duo in Wagam, Pulwama and unleashing terror through nocturnal raids and slapping PSA on nine pro-freedom activists of Kishtwar and putting them behind the bars saying “these coercive measures cant crush the popular sentiment in the Jammu and Kashmir as entire nation is moving ahead with full commitment and steadfastness with one goal – to seek implementation of right to self determination”.