SRINAGAR, Mar 18 (SABAH): The All Parties Hurriyet Conference (G) has strongly denounced the house arrest of its Chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, and senior Hurriyet leader, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai.
The APHC (G) spokesman, Ayaz Akbar, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the house detention of the leaders was reflective of the frustration of the puppet authorities. “The authorities are following repressive and despotic philosophy of Nazis and are hell-bent upon strangulating every sincere voice in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
The spokesman deplored that the pro-freedom leaders were not even allowed to carry out their political activities through peaceful means even within the four walls and were barred from meeting media persons. They are barred from performing religious obligations which is tantamount to interference in religious matters, he said. He also condemned the police raids on the residences of Hurriyet leaders, Muhammad Ashraf Laya and Omar Adil Dar.
The spokesman said that the resistance leadership had devised a programme about election boycott and called for complete shutdown on April 9 and April 12 in the territory when polling for Indian Parliamentary elections would be held in Srinagar and Islamabad constituencies.
Meanwhile, the APHC (G) in a statement denounced in strong terms the slapping of draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), for the second time on the illegally detained Hurriyet leaders, Muhammad Rustum Butt and Muhammad Yusuf Butt and shifting of Maulana Sarjan Barkati to Srinagar Central Jail. It castigated the puppet authorities for their callous and insensitive policy against the detainees.
The statement also expressed serious concern over the continued illegal detention of Hurriyet activists, Abdul Majeed, Muneeb Ahmad, Javed Ahmad, Manzoor Ahmad and Mumtaz Ahmad. It appealed to International Committee of Red Cross, Amnesty International and other human rights organizations to take cognizance of the plight of the Kashmiri prisoners and play role in their immediate release.