Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman on Friday condemned the Enforcement Directorate (ED) notice to daughters of jailed pro-freedom leader Shabir Ahmad Shah, saying the government of India is using investigative agencies as a “war weapon” to strangulate the people and pro-freedom leaders.
“Shabir Ahmad Shah has spent most of his life in jails and today also he is lodged in the Tihar jail for the last 2 years. He is in their custody to answer any question and issuing notices to his minor daughters is not only undemocratic, immoral but shameful as well,” Geelani said in a statement issued here.
Reacting to the JKFL chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik’s arrest by NIA and shifting him to Tihar jail, Hurriyat (G) chairman said that pro-freedom leaders and workers are not alien to these jails and interrogations. “Putting them behind bars on decade’s old fabricated cases is nothing but to pressurise them to subjugation which is never going to happen,” he added.
He said: “When solitary confinement, physical torture and psychological harassment for decades together has not dented the resolve of our leaders, how can our oppressor expect us to cow down by using these means and ridiculous measures of suppression.”
“Continued quizzing of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for four consecutive days is nothing but to threaten the leadership to stay away from the genuine demands of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, but as said earlier, these muscular tactics are sure to strengthen our resolve more than earlier,” the pro-freedom leader said.
He further said, “Shifting of Jamaat-e-Islami and other religious leaders to outside jails is condemnable and the rulers who always claim to uphold the democratic values of their constitution are themselves responsible to tarnish every fabric of it.”
“Their courts have categorically opposed the shifting of prisoners away from their homes, but biased and arrogant rulers don’t even care about their own judicial commands,” he said.
Repeating the appeal for complete boycott of the election, Geelani said that “people who are suppressed, caged and brutalized on one or the other pretext have no moral and ethical right to be part of any military drama being conducted in the name of so-called elections”.
He said that nation can achieve their goal only being unanimous and committed to their collective movement of their aspirations and non-seriousness will prolong our goal, which in no way, we can afford.
Geelani also expressed his grief over the killing of teenage student Owais Ahmad Mir at Handwara.
Appealing to the international community to take cognisance of the war like situation prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat (G) chairman said that their continuous silence and turning eyes from these grave violations is rather disheartening. “Their tall claims about safeguarding people’s rights prove futile, as no practicable steps are being taken to stop these gross human rights violations,” he said.