Govt Policy Adding Fuel To Fire In Kashmir: Agha Hassan


SRINAGAR: Senior Hurriyat (M) leader and president of the Anjuman-e-Sharaie Shiayan, Agha Syed Hassan, on Friday came down heavily on the state government, saying that its policy of killings and arrests was adding “fuel to the fire” in the valley.

In a statement, Agha Hassan, who could not lead Friday prayers due to being under house arrest, said that inflamed public passions could not be cooled by a spree of killings, arrests and interference in religious affairs.

“Public and humanitarians issues arising in Kashmir in the aftermath of the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru are alarming, and the government is exhibiting the worst form of vengefulness by countering strikes with curfew,” he said.

Agha Hassan put the onus of improving the situation solely on the government, saying that unless it reins in its forces, halts killings, releases jailed youth and gives up interfering in religious affairs, public anger could not be assuaged.

The Hurriyat (M) leader severely condemned the killing of an elderly villager by a CRPF vehicle in Chrar-e-Sharief recently, saying that the forces perpetrate some or the other foul deed whenever the situation shows the slightest possibility of improving.  

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