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Joint Hurriyat decries curbs on martyrs’ anniversary

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Srinagar, May 21: Joint Hurriyat Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik who were placed under custody in homes and jails on the eve of anniversaries of Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq, Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone and others killed in Hawal massacre, strongly condemned the government’s decision of imposing toughest curbs and restrictions in downtown Srinagar and other parts of the city terming it as “acceptance of defeat”.

In a statement to media, the leadership trio said that entire Kashmir observed the 28th death anniversary of Molvi Farooq and over 60 people of Hawal massacre, and the 16th anniversary of Gani Lone on Monday and remembered the sacrifices offered by the great leaders and the people of Kashmir.

 

The leadership said that the complete shutdown observed by the people across the Valley “amplifies their commitment to the mission and the ongoing movement and their pledge that no matter how tough the repression goes, people will continue to strive for their rights till the final goal is achieved.”

The Joint Hurriyat condemned in strongest words the stringent curbs imposed in entire downtown by the government to foil the Eidgah rally where leaders and people would pay tributes and reaffirm their pledge stating that the ruling regimes fear of people’s power and commitment towards the freedom struggle makes them take these “totalitarian” measures.

“The ruling regime doesn’t have the courage to meet us on political turf,” they said.

The Joint Hurriyat expressed its regret and anguish over the ruling regimes measure of barring congregational Fateh Khawani at the graveyard since the past eight years by use of force and strict curbs in the majority of downtown areas.

They also denounced the authorities for keeping the entire downtown under curfew for the past three days even during the holy month of Ramadan