Police Arrests Brothers of a Party Leader,Warns Him to Surrender:Qazi Yasir

Srinagar: In the ongoing crackdown launched by the police against the Ummat e Islami Jammu Kashmir leaders, the police on Tuesday arrested two brothers of one of its leader, Moulana Sajad Hashmi, in Pulwama. While arresting Shahnawaz Hashmi, 35 and Shabir Hashmi, 19, police officials had warned the family that the brothers will be under custody till Moulana Hashmi will not surrender before the police.

Earlier, officials from Kakapora police station in Pulwama district had served him notice. Moulana Hashmi has been very active in Pulwama and Shopian districts, organizing and addressing large number of rallies during the last three months of the civilian uprising.

In a Statement issued here, Chairman of Ummat e Islami, Qazi Yasir, has strongly condemned this crackdown against the party leaders. "Police has been on hunt for the Ummat e Islami leadership. Arrest of Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Moulana Mudasir Siddiqui, and now arrest of Moulana Sajad Hashmi's brothers is exposing the animosity of the government towards the pro-resistance amalgam," a party spokesman quoted Mirwaiz Yasir saying.

In the past several weeks, the police has arrested and been on hunt for several party activists and youth members. Rouf Ahmad Wani, a member of UeI Youth, has also been booked under the PSA and lodged into Kathua jail like hundreds of other Kashmiri youth.

Yasir also said that the arrest spree of youth and hue and cry of government for opening of schools can't go together. "While youth are being treated as dreaded criminals and being lodged into high security prisons, government wants to open schools.

He also condemned the continuous ban on daily newspaper "Kashmir Reader'. (PTK)

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