Hurriyat Ridicules Govt’s Statement On Detentions

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‘Why Isn’t Mirwaiz Allowed To Move If He Isn’t Under House Arrest?’

Srinagar: A day after government informed parliament that no one was under house arrest in Jammu and Kashmir; the Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday hit out at the government saying why is not conglomerate’s chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq being allowed to move out of his house if he isn’t under house arrest.

Terming the statement of Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy in parliament that no person is under house arrest in the Union Territory as strange and surprising, the Hurriyat Conference said today that the amalgam’s chairman continues to remain under house arrest since August 5, 2019.

“On that day police vehicles were parked on both the gates of his house and since then he is not allowed to move out. If the Mirwaiz is not under house arrest then why he is not allowed to move out of his house,” a Hurriyat spokesperson said.

“Being the Mirwaiz, he has not even been allowed to go to Jama Masjid Srinagar since August last year, from where he delivers the traditional Friday sermons and leads the Friday prayers,” he added.

The Hurriyat spokesperson said that Mirwaiz should then be allowed to move out and all restrictions on his movement and communication should then be immediately withdrawn. The conglomerate also called for release of all political prisoners in jails in Jammu and Kashmir and outside.

The conglomerate also condemned assault on journalists in Kakpora area of Pulwama on Tuesday and expressed solidarity with the media fraternity.

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