Srinagar, Mar 07: APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today defied his illegal house arrest to lead a march towards Shopian on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership to protest the brutal killings by the forces in Shopian and express solidarity with the believed families and against the illegal shifting of political prisoners outside the valley. However a huge posse of police forces stationed outside his house prevented him and dozens of activists gathered, from moving towards Shopian and arrested him.
Before his arrest addressing the local media present outside his residence Mirwaiz expressed deep anguish and strong condemnation at the massacre in Pahnoo Shopian and reiterated as long as New Delhi pursues a hardline military solution to the Kashmir dispute and for that purpose provides its Armed forces a legal cover of immunity from accountability and prosecution by draconian laws like the AFSPA bloodshed of Kashmiris will continue unabated. Mirwaiz said that under this law the unbridled powers that the forces enjoy, entire Valley has been witnessing repeated mayhem and massacres in which people including teenagers children and women become targets as streets are turned red with blood.
Miwraiz said that as long as there is not a shift in New Delhis approach in dealing with the Kashmir issue, these black laws like AFSPA ,PSA ,Disturbed Areas Act will continue to be there and will keep extracting a huge cost of life and limb from Kashmiris, as we are witnessing each day.
Mirwaiz said it is time that the collaborators in this policy of repression and terror unleashed upon Kashmiris, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti and her ilk, should at least stop lying to the people through their glib talk of so called inquiries ,commissions ,courts, justice, logical conclusions and so on, as there is no hope of any such thing for Kashmiris , in the system they represent.
Mirwaiz said that instead, the so-called head of the State Ms. Mehbooba Mufti should make a speech in the Assembly and the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Modi in the parliament that Kashmiris should not expect any sort of justice from the legal system in place and that for them, doors of justice stand closed .
Mirwaiz said in such a grave situation, the people of Kashmir can only pin their hopes on world human rights bodies and organizations to highlight our plight and help us get justice.
Mirwaiz said that if the collaborators do not stop this genocide of Kashmiris at the hands of forces and keep pushing people to the wall people will have no option but to hit the streets as in 2008 and 2016.
Mirwaiz also strongly criticized the State government for shifting prisoners including Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo and Dr Muhammad Shafi Shariati besides dozens of others from Central Jail Srinagar to various prisons in Jammu stating that the ruling dispensation has no respect for the ruling of its own High Court and that the move to shift prisoners is purely a revenge upon them. Mirwaiz said the plight of political prisoners most of who are illegally detained is a matter of concern for all of us .The treatment meted out to them is inhuman as they are even denied basic rights and facilities that prisoners are entitled to.
Mirwaiz also expressed serious concern over the plight of dozens of resistance leaders and Kashmiri prisoners booked by NIA under fictitious charges stating that it is condemnable that these prisoners are deprived from basic facilities including medical aid.
Meanwhile, APHC spokesman strongly condemned the imposition of curbs in many parts of Srinagar and Shopian district not allowing leadership and people to go to Shopian and also the sealing of APHC Headquarters in RajBagh and Awami Action Committee headquarters at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal Srinagar.