PDP led Government Bans Octogenarian Geelani’s Seminar

Muhammad Raafi

SRINAGAR

Hurriyat Conference (g) Protest on May 12, 2016
After J&K government disallowed Hurriyat Conference (g) seminar on Thursday, its leaders helkd a silent protest this morning at Hyderpora main chowk.

Jammu and Kashmir PDP-BJP coalition government Thursday banned the scheduled seminar of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g).

Reports and Hurriyat activists said that heavy contingents of police had been deployed around the Hurriyat Conference (g) Hyderpora headquarters.

The Hurriyat amalgam chief, Syed Ali Geelani had called a seminar: “Present Situations and Our Responsibilities” today which was scheduled to be addressed by people from various walks of life.

“Police had turned our headquarter, which happens to be residence of Geelani Sahab as well, into a jail thus barring people from either leaving or entering it,” a Hurriyat Conference (g) leader said.

The leader said,” Around 200 people had assembled outside the venue but authorities did not allow the seminar happen.” “Putting white masks, we held a silent Sit-In outside at Hyderpora main chowk against the high handedness of the PDP led government.”

“We had invited a selected people in the seminar where we would discussed the current political situation of Jammu Kashmir,” personal secretary of Hurriyat Conference (g) chairperson, Pir Saifullah told Kashmir Life. “Around 200-500 forces personnel raided our head office and our leaders were detained.”

Police detain Hurriyat Conference (g) Jammu province head, Nayeem Ahmad Khan on Thursday.
Police detain Hurriyat Conference (g) Jammu province head, Nayeem Ahmad Khan on Thursday.

Condemning the government action, Pir Saifullah said, “the government of India is ruling Kashmir through the barrel of gun.” “Is this the democracy GoI is talking about that we can’t even speak?”

The Hurriyat Conference (g) leaders including Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Peer Saifullah, Muhammad Yusuf Mujahid, Imtiyaz Hyder, Shakeel Bhat, Abdullah Tari, Rafiq Ahmad Wani, Abdul Salam Dar and others were rounded up by police and taken to Police Station Humhama.

Notably, Hurriyat patriarch, Syed Ali Geelani, and his deputy Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai are under house detention.

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