After the authorities allowed congregational prayers at the historic Jama Masjid after three consecutive weeks, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who was also freed from the three-week-long house detention termed the prevailing situation as worrisome, adding, that Kashmir was passing through the worst phase of repression as violence has touched new heights in the Valley.
The spokesman said that addressing the Juma Congregation, Mirwaiz said that Kashmir’s every inch is witnessing open aggression as entire Valley has been turned into a “slaughter” house for the only reason that its people want their legitimate birthright, i.e. the right to self-determination. He said Kashmiri youth are being selectively killed, houses were blown up with explosives, its inmates including women are being thrashed and the resistance leadership booked under draconian PSA which signifies the gravity of the prevailing situation in Kashmir.
Mirwaiz said the lakhs of forces present across the length and breadth of Kashmir who has unleashed a reign of “terror” with the result people have started feeling highly insecure as people in various villages in South Kashmir have already started migrating to other places due to fear created by the presence of forces. He said that genuine political, social and religious rights are being muzzled through military might, besides the Kashmir’s grand mosque, Jama Masjid is deliberately targeted to silence the voice of people.
Mirwaiz said since elections are nearing in India, the right-wing parties including RSS and BJP are leaving no stone unturned in fulfilling their agenda by resorting to ultimate repression and killings as part of their vote bank politics.
Mirwaiz urged the people of Jammu and Kashmir to forge unity against this ultimate repression, the same way they did when an open assault was launched on the Article 35 A, forcing the Supreme Court of India to adjourn the hearing on the issue. He said mass unity at this juncture is highly inevitable to protect and safeguard the priceless sacrifices.
Mirwaiz while paying tributes to the martyrs of previous weeks said every single citizen of Kashmir and the resistance leadership is indebted to our youth and duty bound to protect the sacrifices being offered by the people on a daily basis.