SRINAGAR, Sep 10 (SABAH): Asserting that they are “ready to face every hardship for sake of sacred people’s movement,” Kashmir’s joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has deplored the authorities for not allowing them to travel to New Delhi to stage protest outside the headquarters of National Investigating Agency and court arrest.
In a statement, a spokesman of joint separatist leadership condemned the arrest of Malik and house arrest of Mirwaiz and continued detention of Geelani. “We condemn the sealing of all roads to their residences and imposition of curfew and strict restriction in parts of Srinagar by the authorities to disallow the leadership from proceeding towards New Delhi to stage protest against the persecution and intimidation of the people from all walks of life and the leadership by the NIA, and to court arrest at their headquarters to put an end to it,” the statement said.
“Leadership had volunteered to travel to New Delhi and court arrest so that NIA could have asked them about the charges leveled against their organizations and the people’s political movement. Why were they barred, especially when the government yesterday made tall claims that everyone is free to go anywhere, and released Mirwaiz from house arrest and Malik from Central Jail?” the spokesman asked.
“By stopping the leadership from courting arrest and by giving contradictory statements, government has exposed itself. This move has completely exposed the so-called investigation and its actual purpose,” the statement added.
“NIA should put an immediate end to this harassment. It becomes quite evident that along with brute military force, New Delhi is deploying all its institutions to crush our movement,” they said.
“For the past three months repeated raids, notices and arrests of people from different walks of life, including political activists, our relatives and associates, lawyers, businessmen, journalists, students and others have created fear psychosis. These notices are a ploy to intimidate and instill fear among the masses. Simultaneously a vicious and venomous propaganda campaign is on to defame and malign leadership and the people’s political struggle,” the statement said.
“Our’s is just and legitimate indigenous political movement for which people have given extreme sacrifices. New Delhi is branding it as sponsored movement and is linking it with terrorism. We, our activists and those associated with the movement are being abused and vilified and accused of being associated with the sacred movement for monetary gains. All this is being done under a ploy to change the narrative on the Kashmir dispute, demoralize and disillusion the people regarding their internationally recognized and legitimate political struggle and their leadership while misleading the Indian masses about the reality of Kashmir and the ground situation here,” the statement said.
“Let it be known to all that leadership is ready to face every hardship for the sake of the sacred people’s movement, but there is no question that we can be pressurized to move away from the path of seeking justice and resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the people’s aspirations and wishes,” it said.
The leadership condemned the house arrest of human rights activist SAR Geelani by Delhi Police, who according to police, was presumably coming to the airport to receive them, the statement said.