Srinagar, February 25: All Parties 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 present authorities to weaken the ongoing peaceful Kashmir struggle. The Hurriyat said that this all was being done under a well-thought-out plan which is getting exposed with each passing day.
The Hurriyat said that the arrest of senior APHC leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and lodging him in Joint Interrogation Centre Achabal and also the arrest of AAC Tehsil president Chair-e-Sharief Haji Muhammad Younis and lodging him in Central Jail Srinagar besides the arrest of dozens of youth and pro-freedom activists speaks volumes about the authoritarian approach of the State administration. The Hurriyat said that conducting nocturnal raids on the homes of resistance leaders and activists, and launching the intense crackdown across Kashmir that results in the ultimate harassment of youth and people seems to be a move to divert the ongoing Kashmir struggle but those behind this conspiracy should read writing on the wall that such ploys are destined to fail.
The Hurriyat also paid rich tributes to the armed youth martyred in an encounter at Kulgam district with the government forces stating that youth of Kashmir are being pushed to the wall due to the ultimate oppression being unleashed by the forces and they are left with the no choice other than to pick up arms as the situation in Kashmir is going from bad to worse.
The Hurriyat said that because of the lingering Kashmir dispute and the New Delhi’s stubborn approach, people of this region are being caught in a vicious cycle of oppression and repression and there is hardly any day when people don’t shoulder the coffin of their loved ones. It said that time has come when New Delhi must shun its approach and take concrete steps to resolve the vexed dispute.
Meanwhile, AAC patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed his heartfelt condolence over the demise of many AAC workers that include Ghulam Hassan Sheikh of Gojwara, Abdur Rashid Bhat of Malik Sahab Gojwara, and Abdur Rashid Khan of Bota Kadal Lal Bazar and prayed for the highest standards in janah for the deceased. Mirwaiz visited the residences of all the departed souls and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. Mirwaiz also condoled the demise of Qazi Ahmedullah, the father of photojournalist Qazi Irshad, he expressed his solidarity with the bereaved family.