Ultimate highhandedness: Hurriyat (M)

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SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference has strongly denounced the ongoing arrest spree wherein religious scholars, resistance leaders, and activists are being detained in bulk and lodged in various police stations, and termed the crackdown as the ultimate highhandedness of the authorities to weaken the ongoing peaceful Kashmir struggle.

“All this was being done under a well-thought-out plan which is getting exposed with each passing day,” a spokesperson of Hurriyat (M) said in a statement.

He condemned the arrest of senior amalgam leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and lodging him in Joint Interrogation Centre Achabal, AAC tehsil president Chair-e-Sharief Haji Muhammad Younis and lodging him in Central Jail Srinagar and the arrest of dozens of youth and pro-freedom activists, saying this speaks volumes about the “authoritarian approach” of the state administration.

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The spokesperson said due to the lingering Kashmir dispute and New Delhi’s “stubborn” approach, the people of this region are caught in a “vicious cycle of oppression and repression”.

Time has come for New Delhi to shun its approach and take concrete steps to resolve the vexed dispute, he said.

He also paid tributes to youth killed in an encounter with government forces at Kulgam district.

Meanwhile, AAC patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed heartfelt condolence over the demise of many AAC workers, and prayed for highest standards in Jannah for the deceased.

Mirwaiz visited the residences of all the departed souls and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. He also condoled the demise of Qazi Ahmedullah, father of photojournalist Qazi Irshad, and expressed his solidarity with the bereaved family.