Hailing the reiteration of Pakistan’s “unwavering” official stand by President, Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani expressed hope that the newly elected government of Pakistan will leave no stone unturned to use its good offices on all diplomatic and political levels for a peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute.
Terming the early resolution of this long-pending issue as highly imperative for the lasting peace and progress in South Asia, the Hurriyat (G) chairman regretted the “stubbornness” of New Delhi as a “stumbling block” in the way forward for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
“The Indian stand is contrary to logical and historical facts as for as Kashmir issue is concerned,” Geelani said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) in a statement said it kick-started the anti-election campaign by organizing a rally at Abi Guzar Srinagar, in which senior Hurriyat leaders, activists, and people from all walks of life participated.
“Under the leadership of Mohammad Yaseen Aataie, the rally marched through the Abi Guzar street displaying anti-election banners and placards denouncing human rights violations, civilian killings and arrest spree at the hands of government forces,” the statement said.
The rally protested against the “inhuman behaviour” meted out to the incarcerated leaders in Tihar jail including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Pir Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Aslam Wani, Shahid Yousuf, Dr. Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Muzfar Ahmad Dar, Asiya Indrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen and condemned the prolonging of the illegal detention of Masarat Aalam Bhat, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Sharyati, Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Ab. Gani Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Umar Aadil Dar, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Farooq Tawheedi, Asadullah Parray, Ab. Rashid Magloo, Hakeem Showkat, and others.
The statement also condemned the house arrest of hurriyat (G) general secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji early Friday morning; and castigated authorities over the arrest of another senior leader of the conglomerate, Hakim Ab. Rashid, who has been shifted to central jail Srinagar “without any legal justification”.
“Kashmir has been virtually turned into a police state, where peaceful political activities have been barred by the deployment of heavy stringent of military forces,” the Hurriyat (G) in a statement said.