Gee­lani, Mir­waiz de­nounce ar­rests of Hur­riyet lead­ers So-called elec­tion one-sided game

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—In oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, the All Par­ties Hur­riyet Con­fer­ence (APHC) Chair­man, Syed Ali Gee­lani has strongly con­demned the ar­rest of Hur­riyet lead­ers Haji Ghu­lam Nabi Sumji, Peer Sai­ful­lah, Ha­keem Ab­dul Rasheed, Bi­lal Sid­diqi, Mo­ham­mad Yaseen At­taai, Bashir Ah­mad Butt, Syed Imtiyaz Hy­der and dozens of other ac­tivists in the view of the sched­uled by-elec­tion of the Islamabad Assem­bly seat.

Ac­cord­ing to Kash­mir Me­dia Ser­vice, Syed Ali Gee­lani in a state­ment is­sued in Srinagar said these profree­dom lead­ers have been ar­rested to stop them from vis­it­ing the Islamabad town and have once again made the elec­tion a one sided game.

Re­it­er­at­ing his elec­tion boy­cott call for the sched­uled by-elec­tion drama in the Islamabad town, Gee­lani said: “We are not against the democ­racy or the demo­cratic prac­tices but the elec­tions which are held in Kash­mir are just the mil­i­tary ex­er­cises in­stead of a demo­cratic process and these ac­tions have no moral and le­gal cred­i­bil­ity.”

He said that they were ready to par­tic­i­pate in that elec­tion process which was held to de­cide the fu­ture of Kash­mir but un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and which had no in­ter­fer­ence of In­dian es­tab­lish­ment.

The Chair­man of Hur­riyet fo­rum, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq, strongly de­nounced the con­tin­ued il­le­gal detention of the re­sis­tance lead­ers terming the ac­tion as frustration of the pup­pet au­thor­i­ties.

Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Fri­day said that India’s plan of set­ting up colonies for re­tired In­dian sol­diers in the ter­ri­tory, sep­a­rate town­ships for Kash­miri Pan­dits and in­tro­duc­ing the so-called Kash­mir In­dus­trial Pol­icy would be re­sisted tooth and nail.

He said that the peo­ple of Kash­mir were not against the re­turn of their Kash­miri brethren and they had al­ways wel­comed them but the es­tab­lish­ment of sep­a­rate units for Kash­miri Pan­dits would not be al­lowed as it would dis­turb com­mu­nal har­mony of the ter­ri­tory.—KMS

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