Asks world community to ‘break silence’ on Kashmir
Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) leaders and activists held a peaceful protest on Friday here against the prolonged detention and “ill-treatment” meted out to the Kashmiri political prisoners.
According to the statement, the leaders condemned the prolonged detention of political prisoners and termed it an “extreme vandalism and coercion, which depicts a martial law like situation”.
“Suppressing free speech and curbing peaceful activities of pro-freedom leaders is no bravery, but a shameful act,” they said.
The leaders demanded the immediate release of all political prisoners including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Dr. Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Asyia Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi and others.
By pushing people to the wall “New Delhi will achieve nothing”, the statement added.
Slamming the government for boasting about free speech, the leaders said that “their tall claims about freedom of expression and democracy stand exposed as they didn’t dare to face pro-freedom leadership”.
Hurriyat leaders asked the world community to “break the silence” on Kashmir and urged them to protect the rights of Kashmiri political prisoners.
The statement further said that Hurriyat condemned the raids on the houses of Muslim League leader Rafiq Ahmad Ganie and political activist Sabzar Ahmad of Arinhal Bijbihara, and said that “Jammu and Kashmir have been turned into a police state, where political leaders and activists are regularly harassed by the administration”.