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Harassing militants’ families will turn situation ugly: Joint Hurriyat

Srinagar, Aug 30: Joint Hurriyat Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik have strongly condemned the authorities “ploys to punish intimidate harass and humiliate” the families of the militants.

“These measures will only worsen the situation and turn it ugly and out of control,” Joint Hurriyat said in a statement here.

“The arbitrary arrest of 70-year-old Assadullah Naikoo father of Reyaz Naikoo and two brothers of Lateef Tiger, burning down of the homes of two militants Shahjahan and Syed Naveed in Shopian district and arrest by NIA of Syed Shakeel, the second son of Syed Salahudin, besides arrest of dozens of youth from Pulwama are acts of pure revenge which can in no way deter Kashmiris from pursuing their goal,” the leadership said.

The trio said that use of “unbridled force” against Kashmiris only strengthens “our resolve”.

They said that the sacrifices offered by each segment of society and their unflinchingly support and dedication to the principled cause sends a strong message to the powers that be in New Delhi which has “unnerved them and their only response to it is repression through authoritarian and absolute use of force.”

Joint Hurriyat denounced imposition of curfew in many parts of Kashmir.

They paid rich tributes to two militants killed in an encounter at Hajin in Bandipora.

The leadership trio thanked the people of J&K for observing an exemplary protest strike against the assault on the hereditary state subject laws warning stating  that people will immediately hit the streets in protest in case of any adverse judgment by Supreme Court.