SRINAGAR: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai has condemned the arrest spree of youth from south Kashmir’s Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwama and other areas, saying forces have converted the territory into a big jail where people are denied all basic freedoms.
In a statement, Sehrai said, “These arrests and detentions have made the life of people miserable. Authorities under the garb of arrest and detention are taking revenge.”
He also expressed anguished over the frequent cordon-and-search-operations (CASOs) and termed these a “collective punishment” inflicted upon people.
Sehrai said imprisoning youth and slapping PSA on them puts their future in dark hence pushing them to the wall.
“Young Kashmiris, mostly students, are continuously being targeted and humiliated by forces. This has no legal or moral justification. The situation is absolutely unacceptable,” he said. “Due to an environment of fear and terror created by forces, the people are going through severe mental trauma.”
The TeH chairman lamented that the international community is turning a “blind eye to gross and systematic human rights abuses” in Kashmir.
“It is high time the world community forces India to understand that violence is not and cannot be the answer to popular demands for justice, freedom and the right of self-determination. A plebiscite under the United Nations supervision to determine the future status of Kashmir is the only way to resolve the issue,” Sehrai said.