Draconian Laws in Kashmir a License to Forces to Kill with Impunity: Hurriyat (m)

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Curfewed area around Jamia Masjid Nowhatta, Srinagar, on April 15, 2016 in. People were disallowed to offer mandatory Friday congregational prayers today in the Masjid. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Curfewed area around Jamia Masjid Nowhatta, Srinagar, on April 15, 2016 in. People were disallowed to offer mandatory Friday congregational prayers today in the Masjid. (KL Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Terming the house arrest of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (m) Chairperson, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, since the bloodshed in north Kashmir’s Handwara, as “unjustifiable, an APHC-m spokesperson Sunday condemned the action of stopping Mirwaiz from performing his religious, political and social obligations.

Criticizing the arrest and house arrests of dozens of Hurriyat Conference leaders and workers including Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Javed Ahmad Mir, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Adv Yasir Dalal and others, the spokesperson said, “by imposing curfew in Handwara and other areas, people were being subjected to severe hardships while extreme action was taken against the resistance leadership.”

Stressing that “Indian forces had been let loose by giving them unbridled powers under draconian black laws”, the spokesperson said, “these laws give them license to kill and get away with it with impunity.”

Condemning the action against the resistance leadership and the freedom-loving people of Kashmir, the APHC-m spokesperson added, “killing and atrocities; placing curbs and restrictions on the movement of the people; placing the resistance leadership under house arrest and holding them in detention was undemocratic and dictatorial.”

Calling upon the international community and human rights organizations to take serious note of the killing in Handwara and human rights violations in Kashmir, the spokesperson said, “using force to cow down the people into submission and trying to stifle their voice forever was an attempt to snatch their ‘Right to Live’.”

Terming the killings in Handwara as an eye-opener for the international community, the spokesperson condemned imposing of ban on internet services in Kashmir and termed it as unfortunate development meant to disconnect Kashmir from the rest of the world and for “placing an iron curtain over the atrocities carried on Kashmiris”.

Meanwhile, the Hurriyat Conference (m) spokesperson paid glowing tributes to late S Hameed on his death anniversary and said, “his martyrdom and the martyrdom of thousands of other people of Kashmir were the real assets of the on-going resistance movement.”

Stressing that “recalling these sacrifices help breathe a new life in the resistance movement”, the APHC-m spokesperson further said, “the resistance leadership and the freedom-loving people of Kashmir would not rest until these sacrifices are taken to their logical conclusion.”

Making it clear that the APHC-m stands for the resolution of Kashmir issue as per the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris, the spokesperson said, “it was for this resolution that leaders like S Hameed and dozens of other leaders had sacrifices their lives.”

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