Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said the killing of civilian Muhammad Saleem Malik and using teargas shelling on his funeral procession by the forces in Srinagar shows “utter contempt for human lives”.
“On one hand New Delhi wants to instil fear among the people and crush their aspirations, and on the other hand they are allured through local elections,’ the spokesperson of amalgam said in a statement. “New Delhi refuses to realise that both these tactics have outlived their effectiveness and failed to deter people or keep them away from pursuing their just cause of self-determination.”
The Hurriyat further said that by repeatedly imposing curfews in downtown areas of Srinagar, locking down Kashmir’s spiritual centre – Jamia Masjid and barring Muslims from offering obligatory Friday prayers “exposes the hypocrisy of the state”.
“For the second consecutive week historic Jamia Masjid was closed and for the 15th time this year that it remained under siege, which is nothing but total disregard for religious freedom and practices of the majority community,” the amalgam said.
The Hurriyat also condemned putting Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest and the continuous detention of senior resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani while arresting JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik.
The spokesperson said on the call of JRL, protests were held at Lal Bazar and at Masjid Taqwa Tral against the killing of civilians, arresting resistance leaders and frequent search operations across South Kashmir.