Forces have launched a reign of terror in Kashmir: Hurriyat (M)

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Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing media after defying house arrest. Photograph: Social media
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Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference Tuesday  strongly condemned the continuous harassment of people by government forces saying people are being punished as a ‘reign of terror’ has been launched by forces across Kashmir.

In a statement issued here a spokesman said that forces are collectively punishing the people and have unleashed a reign of terror across Kashmir especially in South Kashmir.

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“ By launching frequent CASOs wherein people of all ages including elderly, women and children are asked to stay out of their house in the biting cold for hours together, youth harassed and arrested.” He said.

He  said that the authorities through its repressive measures have pushed Kashmiri youth to the wall and despite ultimate repression, centre  has failed to break to resolve of the freedom loving people of Kashmir.

Hurriyat paid glowing tributes to the slain militant Irfan Ahmed Rather who was killed in a gun battle at Litter, Pulwama.

He said that the sacrifices are being offered for the cause of right to self-determination and its time that leadership and the people stand united and pursue the cause with great vigor and zeal.

Adding that the Hurriyat strongly condemned the continuous detention of senior leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza since past one week.

Terming Waza’s detention as undemocratic, Hurriyat said that Waza is being frequently lodged in Police station and not allowed to carry his political and social activity.

Hurriyat said that keeping activists and youth caged in police stations is now a new norm of the authorities as they deny all possible space to the resistance leadership and youth to present their point of view.