Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference Friday paid tributes to the slain Manan Wani and his associate Ashiq Hussain, and said the killing of young and educated youth is a “painful loss”.
The PhD scholar turned militant Manan Wani and his aide were killed in an encounter on Thursday in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani in a statement said: “For the last 71 years, we (Kashmiri’s) have lived a life of uncertainty, chaos and harassment, have only shouldered the coffins of our dear ones. This gloomy situation has forced our high qualified scholars and intellectuals to take the extreme step.”
Geelani said “pro-freedom people will always miss the sharp, focused and fertile brains like that of Manan”.
“We are unfortunate that we are losing our youth early as their un-dented commitment and visionary intellect would help to smoothen our struggle for our rights,” the senior pro-freedom leader said.
The Hurriyat chairman said that “arresting those who had come to condole the death of their hero, is nothing but vengeance”.
Condemning the killing of the Hurriyat activist – Tariq Ahmad Ganie, Geelani said “an atmosphere of fare and chaos has been created so that people can not dare to raise their voice against violation of their fundamental rights”.
The Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement said: “The complete strike observed across Kashmir to pay homage to Manan Wani reflects peoples’ deep connect with the cause and it sends a strong message to New Delhi.”
The amalgam also expressed concern over the frequent shutdown of historic Jamia Masjid by the authorities and barring Mirwaiz from delivering Friday sermon.
Terming closing down of Jamia Masjid as anti-Muslim, the statement said: it is for the 15th time this year that congregational Friday prayers were not allowed at the historic mosque, adding “Jamia Masjid has always been a target of the authorities”.
The Hurriyat appealed to rights organisations to intervene into the serious violation of the fundamental religious rights of the people of J&K.
The statement further said: The Hurriyat appealed to people to observe protest strike call given by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on October 13 – for the poll bound areas in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat spokesman strongly denounced the continuous house detention of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and aged leader Syed Ali Geelani and the continuous arrest of JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik and other leaders that include Mukhtar Waza, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War and dozens of Hurriyat activists.