Appealing people to observe August 15, as a “Black Day”, Hurriyat (G) Conference on Monday said that they are not against rejoicing Independence Day of any country, but the irony is that a country like India celebrates its Independence Day at the cost of grabbing the same opportunity of a small people like Jammu and Kashmir by using its “forces and political deceits.”
The spokesman in a statement said that people of India do enjoy the happy movements of their Independence whereas the people of Kashmir remain caged in a horrendous situation created by the presence of heavy contingents of forces.
Hurriyat Conference also condemned the arrest spree against its political leaders and activists including Mohammad Yasin Aataie, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, Mohammad Maqbool Ganie, Sofi Ghulam Mohammad, Bashir Ahmad Choone, Mohammad Yousuf Ganie, Shakeel Ahmad Hayatpora, Fayaz Ahmad Yatoo, Gh. Rasool Kar, Mohammad Sultan Bangroo, Haji Ghulam Hassan Bhat and Ishfaq Ahmad Khan. Hurriyat also condemned the nocturnal raids on the residence of Mohammad Rafiq Ganie General Secretary Muslim League and intimidating his family.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Dukhtaran-e-Millat have extended their heartiest felicitations to the people and the government of Pakistan on their Independence Day celebrated on August 14.
The spokesman of the JKDF in a statement also said that people of Jammu Kashmir are not opposed to the independence nor they have any enmity with it, they only want that their political rights should be accepted. The spokesman said that they observe August 15 every year as a “black day” to protest against the government.