Prevailing situation in Kashmir ‘serious, explosive’: Hurriyat (M)
Srinagar, Feb 24: Hurriyat Conference (M) termed the present prevailing situation in Kashmir as ‘serious and explosive’, stating that “to strengthen its grip of illegal occupation all international principles are being violated while forces have been given a free hand to instill fear and create a suffocating atmosphere across the Valley leaving people in shock and despair.” In a statement issued, Hurriyat (M) warned of any tinkering with the State’s hereditary State subject law, Article 35 A stating the move aimed at tampering with the law is fraught with dangerous consequences as the people of all the three regions of the state are united and stand together and will not allow any change in it at any cost. The statement strongly denounced the crackdown, mass arrests and continued nocturnal raids across Kashmir and condemned the arrest of resistance leaders Muhammad Yasin Malik, Ameer-e-Jamaaat Dr Hameed Fayaz and dozens of other Jamaat leaders and also the arrest of Jamiat-e-Ahlihadees Vice President Moulana Mushtaq Ahmeed Veeri and dozens of other activists of Jamiat-e-Ahlidhaees Moalana Maqbool Akhrani and the arrest of Hurriyat leaders and activists. “By resorting to arbitrary and illegal arrests, detentions intimidation and restrictions the rulers will not achieve anything as in the past, nor will it force the people of Kashmir into submission,” Hurriyat (M) said, while condemning the house arrest of its former chairman Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat. Hurriyat (M) also termed the crackdown and mass arrests of resistance and socio religious leaders across Kashmir as vindictiveness of the government and stated that “these repressive measures aimed at instilling fear among the common masses and among those peacefully pursuing their struggle for resolution of the Kashmir dispute by addressing people will and aspirations will not make them give up.” Hurriyat (M) reiterated that the lingering Kashmir dispute was the main reason of tension between the two nuclear powers, India and Pakistan and that as long as the issues remains unresolved, there will always be mistrust and threats of war always will loom over the region and peace would always be elusive. It said that Kashmir issue was not a territorial dispute between the two nations but an issues of justice related to political fate of more than a crore people living in this land and it was high time that the issue be resolved in its historic perspective and keeping in view the aspirations of its people.