Mirwaiz Flays Govt For ‘Dictatorial Politics’ Over Arrests

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Expresses Alarm At Harassment Of Tourists, Warns Against “Nefarious Designs”

SRINAGAR: Endorsing the latest MMM protest calendar, the chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, on Monday accused the state government of “exhibiting the worst form of dictatorial politics by arresting hundreds of youth and pro-freedom activists in mid-night raids.”  

“Together with following the MMM programme in letter and spirit, people should keep an eye on the activities of miscreants in view of reports from some places of tourists being harassed and their vehicles attacked,” the Mirwaiz, who is under house arrest, said in a statement.

“Large-scale arrests of youth in nocturnal raids indicate the extent to which the state’s ruling classes can go for the sake of power,” he said.

“The use of unjustified force and violence on the Kashmiri people under the garb of draconian laws has been going on for a long time, and not only intensifies with every passing day, but now incorporates newer forms of savagery,” he said.

“In its politics of hypocrisy, the state government on the one hand makes tall claims of providing security to the people, and on the other unleashes naked aggression on the Kashmiri people,” he said.

The Mirwaiz termed reports of harassment of tourists and attacks on their vehicles as alarming, and asked people to keep an eye on miscreants.

“These acts have no connection with our movement. People should be vigilant against the nefarious designs of such elements,” he said.

“We have a glorious history of hospitality. People involved in such acts are not only not being in the interests of our movement but are also harming our centuries-old ethos of hospitality and Kashmir’s traditions of tolerance,” he said.

“This will not be allowed to succeed,” he said.

Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Hurriyat (M) condemned the recent attack on the JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, by Hindu extremists at the Delhi Airport.

“Muhammad Yasin Malik is a respected leader of the Kashmiri people. The attack on him typifies fanatical politics,” the spokesman said.

The Hurriyat (M) expressed concern at families of arrested youth not having been provided details of charges against their wards.

“The detainees are being harassed in custody and pressurized to disclose their family history,” he said.

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