Why Not Cases Against Iftikhar, Akbar: Hurriyat (G)

SRINAGAR: Describing as “unwarranted” the police cases against Facebook users who posted messages against the all-girl “rock band” in Srinagar, the Hurriyat (G) has said that the state government was making a “mountain out of a mole-hill” over a minor issue.

“This is a deliberate attempt, at the behest of New Delhi, to malign the Kashmiri people and their freedom struggle, and above all, a bid to divert attention from a serious issue,” the Hurriyat (G) said,

“Social networking sites the world over carry favourable or unfavourable comments about individuals, but in no democratic society are such comments deemed as threats or criminal offences, nor are police cases registered against such commentators,” it said.

“If obscene and objectionable language is really a violation of the law, the police should first file a case against PDP leader Molvi Iftikhar Ansari and assembly speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone who made a spectacle of themselves before the entire nation by showering abuse and vulgarity on each other on the floor of the house and in full view of television cameras,” it said.

“India is trying at every level to weaken the freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people, and for this, uses the gun to silence the masses on the one hand, and seeks to besmirch the image of their struggle on the other,” it said.

“The Indian print and electronic media are on the forefront to give Kashmiris a bad name, and lose no opportunity to do so,” it said.

“When it comes to the rape-and-murder of Kashmiri girls like Aasiya and Neelofar, or the ruthless killing of budding Tufail Mattu, Zahid Farooq, Wamiq Farooq, or Inayatullah, the Indian media closes its eyes, but cries to high heavens if some youth make good or bad, but harmless, comments on social media about some rock band,” it said.

“The Indian media has made such a mountain out of a molehill as if it were the case of Mallala Yousufzai, or as if a hunt had been launched for the Kashmiri girls in the band across the state,” it said. 

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