Polices Foils Hurriyat (M) HR Day Sit-In

SRINAGAR: In keeping with its past practice police today placed entire APHC leadership, including its Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest to prevent them from participating in the proposed peaceful sit-in at Lal Chowk in connection with International Human Rights Day. 

Apart from Mirwaiz, a number of Hurriyat leaders were either placed under house arrest or locked up in police stations to foil the sit-in programme.   

“Authorities left no stone unturned to stop Hurriyat leaders and people from participating in the sit in to peacefully protest the human rights violation in Kashmir by means of share force and state sponsored terrorism”, a press relase by the malagam said.

Senior Hurriyat leaders, Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan Al Moosvi, Bilal Gani Lone and others were placed under house arrest while Mukhtar Ahmad Waza was detained and lodged in Police Station Sher Bagh, Islambad while Hilal Ahmad War was lodged in Police station Kothi Bagh, and Ghulam Mohammad Nagoo at Police station Rainawari. 

The Hurriyat headquarters at Rajbagh was surrounded by a heavy contingent of police to prevent Hurriyat activists from gathering  there.

The statement stressed upon the defenders of human rights around the world and international community to pressurize India to stop rights violations in Kashmir. 

It said India by virtue of militarization and imposing black laws was subjecting Kashmiris to worst rights violations which include death, torture, and restricting the political and religious activities of genuine leadership of Kashmir. 

It further read that one lakh people have been killed, thousands have been orphaned and widowed, 8500 unmarked graves are dotting the Kashmir landscape, 9500 people have been subjected to enforced disappearance, hundreds of Kashmiris are lodged in jails and entire population of Kashmir has been bruised by both mental and physical torture. 

AIP takes out rally against human rights violations

Awami Ittihaad Party (AIP) today led a protest march from TRC to Ganta Ghar Lal Chowk against human rights violations in Kashmir and demanded abolishing of capital punishment in whole world.

The protest was attended by large number of people from all walks of life hailing from different parts of Valley. The protesters were raising slogans like ‘Bhool gaya hai Hindustan, Kashmiris bhi hai Insaan’, Bhool gaya hai ab Omer, Pathribal aur Markundal’, Bhool gayee hai Sonia, Kupwara aur Bichbehada, Bhool gaya hai Manmohan Gawkadal aur Shopian and Sazai Mout Ko Khatam Karo Khatam Karo’ and were carrying black flags as a mark of protest against the human rights violations. 

The protest march started from TRC and ended at Lal Chowk. Speaking on the occasion President AIP and MLA Langate Er  Rashid said that time has proved that hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru or anybody else in the world has not been able to solve the problem anywhere in the world but has rather added to the miseries of the people.

He said: “Narinder Modi’s statement, seeking abolishing of Article 370 is a clear failure of Hurriyat as well as mainstream as the remarks passed by Modi are a clear alarm for Kashmiris leaders that Indians don’t care and have decided to take every Kashmiri far grated, what so ever stature he may be claiming. The leadership has failed to persuade or pressurize India for an honorable settlement of Kashmir dispute. They must introspect them selves rather than misleading Kashmiris in the name of various slogans.”

 He further said that world community should take the note of sufferings of Kashmiri people and must understand the ground reality that dreaming peace without delivering justice is always a distinct dream. He said: “Had NC and PDP supported my resolution in state assembly seeking clemency for Afzal Guru, India would have never dared to hang him. By not supporting the resolution they gave New Delhi a clear consent to hang Afzal Guru. Both these parties must shun crying autonomy or self rule and should work together for peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of people of the Kashmir.”

 He further said that govt. has miserably failed to address the pain and grief of the families of disappeared persons. The party workers hoisted black flag at Ghanta Ghar Lal Chowk to register their protest against human  rights violations. The march was led by party leaders including party general secretary Advocate Nazir Ahmad Malik, Aadil Hussain, Advocate  Ab Rashid Dar, Zeeshan Pandith and Dr Bari Naik. 

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