Srinagar, Dec 15 : Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has strongly condemned the curfew and restrictions imposed in Srinagar and Anantnag to foil the political activities of pro-freedom people saying that the “battle of ideas slogan” has proved mere eyewash.
Reacting to the imposition of strict curfew in Anantnag and Srinagar areas today, the DFP secretary general Moulana Mohammad Abdullah Tari said in a statement that those rulers stand exposed now who used to say that “Democracy is the battle of Ideas.”
To hold peaceful rallies are considered as the basic democratic right of the people in the modern civilized world however, Kashmiris do not taste this right as the imposition of curfew has become a norm whenever people decide to assemble and raise their voice peacefully.
Moulana Tari said that to punish and harass the resilient people of Kashmir has become a regular feature of the ruling regime which keeps breaking its records of repression and revenge on people.
He said that while the people of Kashmir for the past 70 years have been relentlessly struggling for securing their basic political right acknowledged and guaranteed by the world and sacrificing tremendously for it, the rulers in the disputed region have been working for New Delhi and thus not allowing people to put forth their political view freely.
Moulana Tari also condemned the arresting of dozens of pro-freedom leaders and activists and said that had arrests, restrictions and imposition of curbs been helpful in resolving the disputes; there would not have been any conflict in the world. He said that if the dispute like Kashmir is to be resolved according to the wishes of people, it is necessary to create an atmosphere where a meaningful dialogue can take place. He added that this has been the main policy of our incarcerated and ailing chairman, Shabir Ahmad Shah as well who is languishing in Tihar jail, Delhi. (KNS)