Peaceful protests an ‘eye sore’ for rulers: Hurriyat (M)

Peaceful protests an ‘eye sore’ for rulers: Hurriyat (M)
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‘Instability only because of lingering Kashmir dispute’

SRINAGAR: Expressing serious concern over the massive crackdown on resistance leaders, activists and trade body representatives across Kashmir Valley, Hurriyat Conference (M) on Thursday alleged that government forces were scuttling every single programme of the resistance camp and trade bodies aimed at highlighting the grave human rights scenario in Kashmir.

A Hurriyat spokesperson in a statement issued here said even holding “peaceful candlelight vigil and stints” had become an “eye sore” for the rulers as those taking part in (observing) human rights week were arrested and lodged in jails.”

“Political workers and activists are being harassed as raids by the police are increasing day-b- day,” he alleged.

The spokesperson said government “action of disallowing peaceful protests by using military might” deserved highest form of condemnation.

Terming it sheer “political vendetta”, the spokesperson said that that ahead of the World Human Rights Day, all the top resistance leadership including Syed Ali Geelani , Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik were “caged” either in their homes or in jails and police lockups.

Condemning the arrest of senior Hurriyat leader Hilal Ahmad War, Kashmir Economic Alliance Co-Chairman, Farooq Ahmad Dar, vice chairman, Ajaz Ahmed Shahdhar, the spokesperson said those claiming to be the champions of freedom of speech and democracy were themselves turning out to be the “worst-ever violators of the people’s rights” as every single voice raised to highlight pain and miseries of Kashmiri people is “crushed through military power”.

He further alleged that “bloodshed” and the prevailing “instability” in Kashmir was only because of the lingering Kashmir dispute and time was ripe for Delhi to address it once and for all.

“World community is already aware of the worst human rights situation in Kashmir and it’s time for building pressure on New Delhi to stop oppression and endless atrocities inflicted on the peace-loving people,” he added.