Hurriyat (M) Conference on Friday paid rich tributes to budding intellectual and Ph.D. scholar Dr Manan Wani and his aide Ashiq Hussain, who were killed during an encounter with government forces in Handwara on yesterday.
Hurriyat in a statement said that the complete strike observed across Kashmir to pay homage to Dr Manan Wani sends a strong message to GOI as it reflects peoples deep connect with the cause which the “martyrs” represent.
Hurriyat expressed strong resentment over the frequent closure of historic Jamia Masjid by the authorities and barring Mirwaiz from delivering Friday sermon as it was yet again sealed today by the forces, who also barred people from reaching there as strict curfew was imposed in the entire area. Terming it as anti-Muslim and autocratic Hurriyat said that it’s for the 15th time this year that congregational Friday prayers were not allowed at the historic mosque, adding, Jama Masjid has always been a target of the authorities.
APHC appealed to prominent rights organizations across the world and also the OIC to intervene into the serious violation of the fundamental religious rights of the People of J&K and ask GOI to restore them.
Hurriyat appealed to people to observe a protest strike called by Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on October 13, for the poll-bound areas in Kashmir to show their rejection of it.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat spokesman strongly denounced the continuous house detention of its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and aged leader Syed Ali Geelani and the continuous arrest of JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik and other leaders that include Mukhtar Waza, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War and dozens of Hurriyat activists and youth others who have been lodged in various jails all across the state and the slapping of PSA against Hurriyat activist Sheikh Sartaj of Islamabad.