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Shabir, Javid in Central Jail: Separatists arrested, programme foiled
SRINAGAR, Aug 11: Police today foiled a programme by separatists at Martyrs’ Graveyard on the fourth death anniversary of Hurriyat Conference leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz by arresting the leaders or placing them under house arrest.

Shabir Ahmad Shah and Javid Ahmad Mir, who were arrested at Kulgam along with some others were sent to Central Jail here today. Nayeem Ahmad Khan was arrested from his residence and lodged at Sadar police station. Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq continued to be under house arrest at their respective residences. Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta was also arrested along with other JKLF (R) activists as they were trying to move towards Martyrs Graveyard.

Sheikh Aziz was killed on August 11, 2008 in police firing in Baramulla district on a march towards Muzaffarabad.

Since this morning, strict security restrictions were placed near the Martyrs’ Graveyard. The security forces had placed mobile bunkers and set up temporary check points at varies places in old Srinagar to prevent Hurriyat leadership and their supporters to enter the venue.

The Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other leaders of the faction have condemned the state government action to prevent them from participating in a condolence meeting at Martyrs Graveyard.

Mirwaiz said that state government did not allow them to participate in the condolence as it fears mass support of the Hurriyat leadership. He said these tactics cannot pressurise the Hurriyat leadership to deviate from their path.

However, the other separatist leaders, Abdul Gani Bhat, Musroor Abbas Ansari, Aga Syed Hassan, Shaheen Iqbal, Syed Bashir Ahmad Andrabi and Hakeem Abdur Rashid participated in a seminar at party headquarters.

The leaders unanimously said that Kashmiris are the masters of their destiny and would decide their future themselves.

Prof Bhat on the occasion said Hurriyat leadership must rethink about their strategy to give a new imputes to the ongoing freedom movement. He said considering the changing global world scenario, the Hurriyat leadership must also change their strategy.

The former Hurriyat chairman said that peace in entire south Asia is dependent on the resolution of the Kashmir issue. He also said that unless Kashmir issue is resolved there is no guarantee of permanent peace in entire south Asia.

During the seminar a written statement of the Mirwaiz Umar was read out. Mirwaiz said state government is using all its methods to sabotage the ongoing freedom movement. He said Hurriyat leadership will respect the supreme sacrifices being offered by the people for the right of self determination. Mirwaiz said the contribution of Sheikh Abdul Aziz and other martyrs will always be remembered.

News Updated at : Sunday, August 12, 2012
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