Sehrai condemns arrest of religious scholars

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Srinagar: The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai Thursday condemned the arrest of religious scholars in Kupwara and Pulwama, saying State reeling under “martial law” like situation.

Sehrai in a statement termed the detention of Bashir Ahmed Malik from Kupwara and Ajaz from Pulwama as “political vendetta”, and said that “arresting and slapping draconian laws on religious scholars, Imams, youth and resistance leaders and shifting them to jails is a highly undemocratic act and deserves all forms condemnation”.

“Kashmir has witnessed gross violation of human rights in the form of killings, torture, use of black laws like Public Safety Act (PSA), illegal detentions, vandalism of properties, ban on congregational religious activities and embargo on every pro-freedom political activity,” the resistance leader stated.

Sehrai said: “We are not allowed to address people on Friday prayers. We are being prevented to reach out to masses and whosoever raises the voice against repression and calls for Kashmir resolution is being booked under charges of sedition and other draconian laws,” he added.

Slamming the authorities over arrest spree, the TeH chairman said that detention of religious scholars is direct interference into our religious affairs and it will not be tolerated. “Every voice of dissent is choked in Kashmir. The people of this region are barred to follow their faith and even the funeral prayers are banned here,” the statement said.