Hurriyat (m) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Thursday proposed a joint program to devise a strategy against what he called “Oppressive tactics” of the government.
Mirwaiz was addressing a press conference at his Nigeen residence here.
“Mufti-led government has unleashed a reign of terror in the state and has used every possible measure to suppress the genuine voice of the people of Kashmir,” he said.
Terming the CM Mufti Sayeed a “puppet of Modi”, Mirwaiz said, “Mufti’s healing touch has turned into killer touch. The state has been turned into a virtual prison. The state is being run by police under the barrel of gun.”
“Governments elsewhere are for people and for their rights. However, it is the opposite here. People’s rights have been cramped and pro-freedom leaders’ movement has been restricted. We are not even allowed to offer Friday prayers,” he said.
“Where is Mufti’s Goli se Nahi, Boli Se, now,” Mirwaiz asked.
He said the situation in Kashmir is critical and may slip to worse. “All the institutions in Kashmir have collapsed. People are being killed by bullets and teargas shells. Pellets are used to muzzle the voices of pro-freedom people.”
Stating that Old City has been turned into a small prison, Mirwaiz said that by using pepper gas in the area, health issues have been reported from many places. “I have received a number of delegations in last fortnight, whose family members have suffered health issues due to illegitimate use of pepper gas. This is a well-planned strategy of the government to compel people to migrate from the city, since its people have always supported the freedom movement.”
“The present government has surpassed all the previous records of suppression in the state,” Mirwaiz added.
He said youth are being arrested en masse to muzzle the popular voice of freedom in Kashmir.
Mirwaiz also said that he has been receiving complaints with regards to regular strike calls by the separatist groups. “There is no other option presently available with the leadership,” he said. “Leadership is compelled to go for strike calls.”
When asked if government doesn’t allow his proposed joint program, he said, “In that case, we will ask people to come on roads and protest. The situation arsing thereof shall be the responsibility of the government.” The joint program will be held on November 18 at Mirwaiz Manzil.
Mirwaiz on the occasion appealed all the organisations of the valley, pro-freedom groups and leaders, civil society members, trader bodies, business community, editors, journalists, lawyers to participate in the program and put forward their valuable suggestions.
He also appealed people in general and the students in particular to come up with suggestions on social networking sites.