Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairperson Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Tuesday expressed concern over arrest spree of youth during Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs) and the fresh wave of “crackdown” on resistance leaders.
Speaking to media after chairing a general council meeting of the amalgam at Rajbagh, Mirwaiz said that “J&K is being deliberately converted into a police state where all rights of people are muzzled”.
Commenting on the meeting, Mirwiaz said that the amalgam discussed the prevailing situation in Valley and termed it “very sensitive”.
Mirwaiz said that the general council of Hurriyat Conference (M) expressed grave concern and resentment over the killing and arresting of youth during CASOs, especially in the southern Kashmir.
“The situation is absolutely unacceptable,” he said. “One hand entire Kashmir is being drenched in blood of youth and on the other, police along with paramilitary forces are raiding the residences of resistance leaders and arresting them.”
“It seems that a massive crackdown has been launched on the resistance leadership ahead of the “so-called” local bodies and Panchayat polls.”
The meeting was attended by all constituents of Hurriyat Conference (M).
The Mirwaiz added that the meeting also took note of the recent remarks of United Nations Human Rights Council chief Michelle Bachelt on J&K and “expressed satisfaction” over it. “Members said that it is a positive development that UN has started playing a pro-active role on the Kashmir dispute taking note of the serious human rights abuses taking place here and supporting people’s Right of Self Determination,” Mirwaiz said.
Hurriyat team in Geneva
Hurriyat Conference (M) on Tuesday said that a team of amalgam is camping in Geneva and will participate in the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session on human rights.
A spokesperson of the amalgam said that the team has been directed to take up the “grave human rights violations committed by the lakhs of forces in Kashmir and to ensure pressure is build on Government of India to stop the rights abuses” by its forces in Kashmir.