‘Disallowing peaceful protests condemnable’
Expressing concern over what it termed as “massive crackdown” on separatist leaders and activists and trade body representatives across Kashmir, Hurriyat (M) spokesman on Thursday said that disallowing peaceful protests deserves highest form of condemnation.
The separatist groups including Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Hurriyat Conference (G) and Hurriyat Conference (M), said that ever since the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) urged the people to observe the human rights week by holding peaceful protests—December 3 to December 9—the police launched a massive crackdown on the pro-freedom leadership.
In a statement issued here, Hurriyat (M) spokesperson alleged that even holding peaceful candle light vigil and sit-ins has become an eye sore for the rulers as those taking part in human rights week are arrested and lodged in jails as well as political workers and activists are being harassed as raids by the police are increasing day by day.
The spokesman said that government action of disallowing peaceful protests by using might deserves highest form of condemnation. “Government forces are scuttling every single program of the resistance camp and trade bodies aimed at highlighting the grave human rights scenario in Kashmir,” spokesperson said, condemning the arrest of senior Hurriyat leader Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Co-Chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar, Vice Chairman Ajaz Ahmed Shahdhar.
“Claiming to be the champions of freedom of speech and democracy are 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,” Hurriyat (M) spokesperson alleged.
“Ahead of the World Human Rights Day, all the top leadership stands caged either in their homes or in the jails and police lockups that include Syed Ali Geelani , Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik besides scores of Hurriyat activists which is nothing but the sheer political vendetta,” he said.
JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik was detained days before the commencement of ongoing Panchayat polls, Syed Ali Geelani continues to remain confined to his Hyderpora residence and Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also caged. A JRL spokesman said that at least 30 pro-freedom leaders and activists are under detention apart from the top leadership. The JRL had asked people to follow its programs in a bid to attract the world community’s attention towards “Kashmir’s grim human rights situation”. The spokesperson said that world community was already aware of the worst human rights situation in Kashmir. “It is time for building pressure on New Delhi stop ‘oppression and endless atrocities’ inflicted on the peace loving people.” “Bloodshed and the prevailing instability in Kashmir is only because of the lingering Kashmir dispute and time is ripe for Delhi to address it once and for all.”