Hurriyat (M) pays tribute to slain Khudwani militants
Srinagar, July 23: Hurriyat Conference (M) has paid tributes to three militants killed in an encounter at Khudwani Kulgam, stating that youth are sacrificing their lives for “great and sacred mission”. Hurriyat (M) spokesman in a statement said that instead of resolving the vexed Kashmir dispute as per the aspirations of its people, New Delhi is banking on its military might to “suppress the popular sentiment”. The spokesman said that using military might to crush the popular people’s sentiments have never succeeded as witnessed in various global struggles and that people of Kashmir irrespective of their age and gender are fully committed towards the ongoing movement and are offering sacrifices of every nature to achieve their birthright. He said people of Kashmir have been bearing the brunt of Delhi’s oppression and fighting it will courage and patience. He expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri and non-local prisoners languishing in Central Jail Srinagar who according to media reports are being denied basic medical aid and not produced before the courts on their due dates terming the move as sheer political vendetta.
The amalgam spokesman urged the world right bodies and organizations fighting for prisoners’ rights to visit all the prisons in Jammu and Kashmir and outside the State to take firsthand account of the ill-treatment meted out to Kashmiri prisoners. The spokesman also termed the GoI’s decision of barring the entry of foreign journalists to Kashmir as another oppressive step aimed at hiding the exact ground realities and the ultimate oppression unleashed by lakhs of Indian forces, before the world community. The move, spokesman said also tantamount to keep the world community in dark about the people’s sentiment, aspirations and the struggle for genuine movement in Kashmir. He said that move keep the entry of foreign journalist into the Kashmir subject to the clearance of security agencies amounts to censorship and the step is highly dictatorial in nature. He said the move to make foreign journalists go through security clearance before entering into Kashmir signifies a bigger plot. The spokesman said that ban on the entry of foreign journalists into Kashmir comes close on the heels of government’s decision of banning 30 news and religious channels. Meanwhile, the spokesman expressed heartfelt condolence over the demise of Muhammad Shafi Shah, the uncle of incarcerated resistance leader Shabir Ahmed Shah, who is languishing in Delhi’s Tihar jail. The spokesman extended sympathy with the bereaved family and also prayed for highest standards for the deceased in Jannah. The spokesman also expressed shock over the death of two brothers Abrar Altaf and Irtikab Altaf, sons of Altaf Ahmed, residents of Umar Colony, Lal Bazar, who drowned in Harwan reservoir (Sarbandh) while taking a bath. The spokesman prayed to Almighty Allah to grant patience to the parents of the deceased brothers.