Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Thursday condemned the arrest spree of resistance leaders ahead of civic polls and said it is “undemocratic and totally unjustified”.
“The pro-freedom leaders can’t be forced into submission by building an ultimate pressure on them,’ the Hurriyat said in a statement, adding: “The arrest spree has been launched across the length and breadth of south Kashmir in wake of elections aimed at to instil fear and terror among the population. Whenever there are elections, people are put to endless miseries and pain in the form of search operations and detentions.”
The Hurriyat said despite the fact that regional political parties distanced themselves from the polls, the new wave of human rights violations stands as an eye opener for the world community. “Polls are meaningless in J&K till the basic and core issue of Kashmir dispute is addressed as per the wishes and aspirations of people by giving them their birthright, the right to self-determination,” the amalgam said.
The statement said that Kashmir is a dispute and world community especially the United Nations has accepted this reality and “election is the only move to dilute the basic nature of the dispute in a bid to befool the world body”.
“The main motive behind these polls is to give an impression to the world community that – all is well in Kashmir,” the amalgam said.