Srinagar, March 14, 2017 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has expressed resentment over detention of senior resistance leaders and arrest spree in the territory saying that it is extremely unwise to deny political space and muzzle genuine voices.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “People reserve the right to resent these arbitrary measures. They are being detained and there seems no let up in killings and harassment of civilians in Kashmir.” He expressed serious concern over fresh arrest spree, night raids, harassment of civilians. He said, the authorities have created explosive situation in Kashmir and Indian police are ransacking properties and humiliating inmates during night raids.
The APHC Chairman condemned the arrest of senior resistance leader, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and house detention of other leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Muhammad Ashraf Laya and Omar Adil Dar ahead of call given by the united resistance leadership for peaceful protests. “Police repeatedly arrest leaders and activists ahead of these demonstrations since PDP-led regime came into existence in Kashmir. They have imposed undue restrictions on all political activities,” he said.
Syed Ali Gilani maintained that these unlawful and unethical restrictions would prove counterproductive and Kashmiri youth would get alienated from peaceful political activities as there exists no option other than to consider other options to give vent to their sentiments. “Our youth have a reason and motive to resent all this. Nobody is in a position to stop this as it is normal reaction against tyranny and brute behaviour of the Indian armed forces,” he said.
The APHC Chairman said that Indian politicians and their henchmen were responsible for bloodshed in occupied Kashmir. “The egoistic approach of Indian politicians has multiplied problems. Instead of taking peaceful steps for resolution of the Kashmir dispute, they are demonstrating their stubborn attitude,” he added.
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