Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday expressed profound sorrow over the catastrophic Tsunami in Indonesia that had left thousands dead and property worth billions damaged.
The number of people known to have died in Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 1,347. The 7.5-magnitude quake struck just off the central island of Sulawesi, setting off a tsunami that engulfed the coastal city of Palu.
Mirwaiz in a statement extended solidarity with the government and the people of Indonesia in this hour of grief and prayed to Almighty to give courage to the Indonesian’s to face this challenge.
“The people of Kashmir, who also witnessed the deadly quake in 2005,” the Hurriyat chairman said, “can understand the pain and sufferings of people of Indonesia as being the victims of nature’s fury themselves.”
Meanwhile, the amalgam termed the setting up of the army camp in Redwani area of Kulgam in south Kashmir as a matter of concern and said: “the setting up camps within the radius of just three kilometres is a ploy to instil fear among the residents”. Because of the new camp, the Hurriyat said in a statement, people living there will have to live in a constant fear every day and every night, and “the camp should be immediately removed or else people would be left with the no option other than to migrate”.
The Hurriyat also condemned the nocturnal raids in Tral and Hajin areas followed by the arrest of scores of youth and “harassment of residents”.