For separatist leadership, Ramazan begins in captivity


Srinagar: While Ramazan commenced in Kashmir this evening with sighting of the crescent, for the separatist leadership here the holy month commenced as another day of detention.

This means they can’t primarily offer congregational Tarawih Salah at the Masjids while eating Sehri and breaking the fast will continue to be in the confines of the four walls of police lockup or their respective homes.

While Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has been booked in a case dating back to 1980s, most of the other senior separatist leaders including Hurriyat-G Chairman Syed  Ali Geelani and his Hurriyat-M counterpart Mirwaiz Dr Umar Farooq continue to be in under house arrest for the past several days.

Inspector General of Police Kashmir range Syed Javid Mujtaba Gillani has said that separatist leaders have been “taken into preventive custody so that peace in the Valley is not disturbed.”

Both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF have already termed the crackdown on pro-freedom leaders as an “act of frustration of the PDP-BJP government.”

The JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was arrested on May 24 from his Abi Guzar office was released on June 3 evening only to be re-arrested on June 4. He has been booked in a case dating back to 1987.

While Geelani continues to remain under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence, Mirwaiz is also under house arrest at his Nigeen residence since June 2. 

As per Hurriyat (G) its, senior leaders including Shabir Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Muhammad Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar and dozens others are either under house arrest or have been lodged in various police stations.

From the Hurriyat (M) camp, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam is under house arrest while Hilal Ahmed War has been lodged in Police Station Kothi Bagh. 

The crackdown on the separatist camp presumably comes in the wake of JKLF chief’s appeal for a joint-strategy among pro-freedom leaders against proposed establishment of Sainik Colony, separate clusters for Kashmiir Pandiths, and new industrial policy.




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