Srinagar: Expressing serious concern over the ‘massive crackdown’ on pro-freedom leaders and activists and trade body representatives across Kashmir Valley, Hurriyat (M) spokesman on Thursday said even holding peaceful candle light vigils and sit-ins has become an eye sore for the rulers as those taking part in human rights week (December 3 to December 9) are arrested and lodged in jails. Even political workers and activists are being harassed as raids by the police are increasing day by day.
In a statement, Hurriyat (M) spokesman said that government action of disallowing peaceful protests by using military might deserves highest form of condemnation.
“The government forces are scuttling every single program of the resistance camp and trade bodies aimed at highlighting the grave human rights scenario in Kashmir,” he said, condemning the arrest of senior Hurriyat leader Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Co-Chairman Farooq Ahmad Dar, Vice Chairman Ajaz Ahmed Shahdhar.
He said those claiming to be the champions of freedom of speech and democracy are themselves turning out to be the ‘worst ever violators’ of the people’s rights as every single voice raised to highlight pain and miseries of Kashmiri people is crushed through military power.
“Ahead of the world human rights day all the top resistance leadership stands caged either in their homes or in the jails and police lockups that include Syed Ali Geelani , Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik besides scores of Hurriyat activists which is nothing but the sheer political vendetta,” he said.
He said world community is already aware of the worst human rights situation in Kashmir and that it’s time for building pressure on New Delhi stop ‘oppression and endless atrocities’ inflicted on the peace loving people.
The spokesman said bloodshed and the prevailing instability in Kashmir is only because of the lingering Kashmir dispute and time is ripe for Delhi to address it once and for all.