‘Mistaken’, if authorities think can deter us from pursuing ‘birthright’: ML

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SRINAGAR: Condemning the “mass arrests” of resistance leaders and activists across Kashmir ahead of HR day, Muslim League (ML) on Thursday said such “tactics of suppression” cannot hide the reality of gross human rights violations taking place in Kashmir for the last thirty years.

“The repressive measures will prove counterproductive and it is better to accept the people’s decree for the right to self-determination, resolve the issue and accept people’s verdict,” Sajad Ayoubi, ML spokesperson in a statement issued here said.

He said that “military might can’t silence us or break our resolve”. “If authorities think they can deter us from pursuing our birthright then they are mistaken,” he said.

Terming it “ironical”, the spokesperson alleged that a massive crackdown was launched to even stop peaceful events organised for commentating human rights week against the “grave” human rights violations in Kashmir, adding that the entire resistance camp had been caged either in homes or in various police stations “while large number of youth too have been detained amid night-long raids” further alleging harassment and beating inmates by police.

Ayoubi further said that Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continued to remain house arrested while JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, whose health “deteriorated during police custody” has been hospitalised.

Condemning the arrest of trade leader Muhammad Yasin Khan and dozens other traders “who took part in a peaceful protest”, the spokesperson further alleged that police was “not sparing anyone” associated with protesting HR violation.