Gee­lani de­mands Kash­miri de­tainees re­lease be­fore Eid Anti-In­dia demos in Sri­na­gar, Kul­gam, Pul­wama

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRI­NA­GAR—In oc­cu­pied Kash­mir, the Chair­man of All Par­ties Hur­riyet Con­fer­ence, Syed Ali Gee­lani, has de­manded re­lease of all il­le­gally de­tained Kash­miris in­clud­ing Hur­riyet lead­ers and ac­tivists be­fore Eid-ulFitr.

Syed Ali Gee­lani in a state­ment is­sued in Sri­na­gar ex­pressed se­ri­ous con­cern over the ar­rest spree un­leashed by In­dian po­lice across the ter­ri­tory. He said that in­stead of re­leas­ing the peo­ple who had been de­tained on fake charges, the po­lice were ar­rest­ing more and more youth to de­prive them of cel­e­brat­ing the Eid with their fam­i­lies. He said that rel­a­tives of the ar­rested youth had told him that the po­lice were mak­ing these de­ten­tions to ex­tort money in lieu of the re­lease of the de­tainees.

Hur­riyet lead­ers, Nay­eem Ahmed Khan, Yas­meen Raja, Fa­rooq Ahmed Tawheedi and Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, in their sep­a­rate state­ments is­sued in Sri­na­gar also de­nounced the crack­down launched by In­dian po­lice and troops against in­no­cent youth across the terri- tory ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. They urged the Kash­miri peo­ple to cel­e­brate the aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion with aus­ter­ity and share the Eid joys with the fam­i­lies of mar­tyrs, de­tainees and other vic­tims of In­dian state ter­ror­ism.

Mean­while, Jammu and Kash­mir Sal­va­tion Move­ment, Lawyers’ Club, Kash­mir Free­dom Move­ment and Voice of Vic­tims or­gan­ised a demon­stra­tion at Press En­clave in Sri­na­gar against the con­tin­ued il­le­gal de­ten­tion and house ar­rest of Hur­riyet lead­ers in­clud­ing Za­far Ak­bar Butt. The pro­test­ers were led by Ab­dul Qadeer Dar, Ad­vo­cate Babar Qadri, Ruqaya Baji, Rauf Khan and Mu­sad­diq Meraj. The demon­stra­tors called for im­me­di­ate re­lease of all Kash­miri de­tainees lan­guish­ing in dif­fer­ent jails.

Peo­ple staged force­ful demon­stra­tions in Sri­na­gar, Kul­gam and Pul­wama ar­eas against the high­hand­ed­ness of the po­lice.

The pro­test­ers shouted high-pitched anti-In­dia and pro-free­dom slo­gans. Hur­riyet lead­ers, Ha­keem Ab­dur Rasheed, Bashir Ahmed Qureshi and Muham­mad Yousuf Falahi ad­dress­ing var­i­ous func­tions in Sri­na­gar and Shopian said that the Kash­miri peo­ple would take the on­go­ing free­dom move­ment to its log­i­cal con­clu­sion at all cost.—KMS

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