Srinagar: The chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Friday condemned in strong terms the continuous raids on and detention of pro-freedom leaders and activists by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths, saying that “it is very sad that authorities in Delhi don’t allow even peaceful political activities.”
In a press statement the APHC chairman said, “Through NIA sleuths, the PDP led state administration is hell-bent to harass people and create graveyard like silence. Despite their rhetoric about ‘battle of ideas’, they stand exposed as they are strangulating genuine voices and creating emergency like situations in the state”.
“Authorities have launched a defamatory campaign against the freedom movement that has been nourished by people with their blood. They are utilizing its NIA sleuths to hide their brutalities and create scare among leadership and people,” he added.
Geelani said, “NIA raids on the residences of pro-freedom leaders including Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Moulana Aga Syed Hassan, Zameer Ahmad Sheikh, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and detention of photojournalist Kamran Yusuf and Javed Ahmad of Kulgam are highly condemnable.”
He said, “authorities should learn from the annals of history that they too were forced to live like slaves under British rule. Their coercive measures won’t dampen our passion nor can these deter us from our mission. History stands witness to the fact that ultimately imperial and autocratic forces failed to suppress the aspirations of oppressed nations.”
Criticizing human rights organizations, Geelani said, “It is very sad that a youth Manzoor Ahmad in Lolab disappeared in broad day light in custody of armed forces, however these organizations are acting as mute spectators.”
Geelani expressed grief over the assassination of a woman journalist, saying “We highly condemn this inhuman act.”
“Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims is very pain giving and we appeal to OIC and UNO to take steps to stop the ongoing bloodshed,” he said, calling for peaceful protests after Friday prayers against state sponsored genocide in Miyanmar and to express solidarity with Rohingya Muslims.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat spokesman slammed the authorities for disallowing amalgam executive council meeting at Hyderpora.
“All roads leading to Huriyat headquarters were sealed and a large number of police and CRPF personnel were deployed around residence of Syed Ali Geelani. Even office bearers were not allowed to attend office duties,” the spokesman, in a statement today, said.