“Religious rights of Kashmiris trampled under the jackboots”

Outside grand mosque, Jamia Masjid in Srinagar where people were not allowed to offer Friday prayers today. Photograph by Shahid Tantray

By News Desk

The Hurriyat Conference (M) today strongly denounced curfew, restrictions, arrest of youth, and placing its chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest in the aftermath of the hanging of Afzal Guru on Feb 9.

Apart from Mirwaiz, majority of the Hurriyat leadership is either under house arrest or have been locked up in police stations. “The APHC considers these draconian measures to forcibly silence the genuine voices by the government as an act of political retribution against the entire population of Jammu and Kashmir,” said the spokesman in a statement.

The spokesman said that the people have been imprisoned in their own homes by the Indian police and troops, youths are being rounded up, and houses are being ransacked.

“The government has let loose the reign of terror to silence the voices in Kashmir,” spokesman added. “They have silenced the voices of the masses on gunpoint.”

“Once again resorting to their dictatorial tactics, the government clamped curfew in the length and breadth of Kashmir to stop people from offering congregational Friday prayers.

APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Agha Syed Hassan Al Moosvi, Moulana Abbas Ansari, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza were placed under house arrest while as people were stopped from offering congregational Friday prayers at historic Jamia Masjid and Imam Bara Badgam,” he added.

He said that the conglomerate considers that stopping people from offering prayers is direct interference in the religious affairs of Muslims. “The social, political, and religious rights of Kashmiris were trampled under the jackboots by the government. Such violations of basic fundamental human rights of Kashmiris should serve as an eye opener for the International community as to what Kashmiris are going through.”

“It is the worst phase state perpetuated terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir,” spokesman added. He said that the Hurriyat strongly protests the oppressive and aggressive policies undertaken by the government to silence the political aspirations and demands of the Kashmiris.

“The APHC believes that the government was imposing curfew in periods over the past one month to create number of issues for people and break their will to pursue political aspirations and emotions. However, the party clears that such repressive measures would in no way deter people from demanding their birth right- right to self determination, adding, not it will weaken the hurriyat leadership.”

“The Hurriyat strongly condemns the wanton use of force against the unarmed Kashmiris and ransacking of house in Srinagar. The Hurriyat appeals the international rights organization to take strong notice of such violations,” he added.

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