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Entire Hurriyet leadership detained to foil today’s protest

Srinagar, June 15, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have put almost entire Hurriyet leadership under house arrest or behind the bars to prevent it from participating in the sit-in protest scheduled to be held at Lal Chowk in Srinagar, today.

Call for the peaceful protest has been jointly given by top Hurriyet leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik against anti-Kashmir policies of India including construction of separate townships for Kashmir Pandits, colonies for Indian soldiers, harassment of Jammu Muslims and India’s new industrial policy in Kashmir.

The Hurriyet leaders who have been arrested or put under house detention include Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Hakeem Abdul Rasheed, Bilal Siddiqi, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Javaid Ahmad Mir, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Muhammad Shafi Lone, Ayaz Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Mir Siraj-ud-Din Dawood, Muhammad Ishaq Ganai and Bashir Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement denounced the curbs on pro-freedom leadership. He said that Mehbooba Mufti-led puppet regime had surpassed all previous records of muzzling peaceful voices of the Kashmiri people. Kashmir has been practically handed over to the Indian police and they want to silence every such voice which is raised against the anti-people policies of the authorities, he said.

Hurriyet leaders including Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash and Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar in their statements issued in Srinagar condemned the illegal detention of Hurriyet leaders and activists.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Dukhtaran-e-Millat and Tehreek-e-Muzahamat in their separate statements while denouncing the crackdowns on the Hurriyet leaders said that the liberation struggle could not be suppressed through such tactics.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
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