SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday castigated government for imposing a ban on the transmission of 30 channels operating through cable saying this diktat to cable operators is nothing but a move to block information and keep people of Kashmir away from the day to day happenings across the globe.
“It is surprising to see that even religious and sports channels have been banned and one would ask as to how such channels can pose a ‘threat to peace’ in Kashmir,” a spokesperson of the amalgam said in a statement.
He said in the present times of globalisation and the age of technology and social media, such gags and bans to block information are bound to fail and only reflects the “myopic and dictatorial” approach of authorities.
The spokesperson also expressed serious concern and resentment over the alleged manhandling of dozens of villagers and vandalising of property in Mochuwara village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district during nocturnal raid terming it as the “ultimate highhandedness” and “highly undemocratic act” that deserves all forms of condemnations.
“The act of ruthless beating in Shopian comes barely after 12 hours after the assurances gives by top police and army officers claiming that people in south Kashmir would see a more ‘humane face’ of forces from now onwards,” he said.
“It is because of the fact that forces operating in Kashmir lack accountability which raises their morale to commit gross human rights violations as they know that they are laced with the draconian AFSPA where none can punish them for the serious crimes they commit. Beating people, vandalising properties and torturing youth has become an everyday affair of government forces in valley especially in south Kashmir.”
The spokesperson strongly denounced the forces’ action in Newa Pulwama, where dozens of youth were allegedly showered with lethal pellets leaving many of them seriously injured.
Meanwhile, the conglomerate’s chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed heartfelt condolences over the demise of Ghulam Hassan Wani, father of senior journalist Khursheed Wani, and prayed to Almighty for the highest standards in Jannah for the deceased.