Srinagar: Expressing serious concern over the fresh wave of “arbitrary arrests” of youth, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday condemned the use of force on Muharram processions by police in parts of the Valley.
In a statement issued here Friday, an APHC spokesperson condemned teargas shelling and aerial firing on a Muharram procession in Budgam, arrests of youth and imposing curbs in parts of Valley, including Srinagar, saying such harsh measures are in clear violation of the worldwide accepted democratic norms and principles.
“The sentiments of people especially youth can never be suppressed by the dint of force,” the APHC spokesperson said, while maintaining that the “violation of basic human rights and suppression” of genuine sentiments of Kashmiris continues from the last seven decades.
“This is an eye-opener and a matter of concern for world human rights bodies and the international community,” the spokesperson said.
APHC, he said reiterates that it strongly opposes the government’s unilateral steps aimed at “usurping” the rights of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
“Such measures cannot alter the nature, status and significance of the unresolved Kashmir dispute,” the spokesperson said.
The pro-freedom conglomerate also demanded unconditional release of not only those arrested recently but also all Hurriyat leaders, political leaders, civil society members and youth detained in homes, police stations, and prisons in J&K and jails across India.
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