Separatist leaders condemn house arrests, restrictions

YUSRA HUSSAIN. Dated: 7/14/2013 12:25:57 AM

SRINAGAR, July 13: Senior separatist leaders have strongly condemned their house arrest and allowing of main stream leaders to visit Martyrs’ Graveyard and pay tributes.
The leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat (M), Mohammad Yasin Malik, chairman JKLF and Shabir Ahmad Shah, president Democratic Freedom Party were placed under house arrest by police.
Geelani in his statement said the general strike today proved that the people of Kashmir have not forgotten the incomplete mission of the martyrs of July 13, 1931 nor have they accepted the sell out of pro India leaders. He described the wreath laying of Omar Abdullah, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and other such politicians as mockery.
“Nothing has changed in Kashmir. Today the rulers are committing more suppression on masses than committed by Dogra rulers in 1931. In 1931 the people were giving shoulder to coffins of their children and today also the incidents like Markundal are occurring when elderly parents are mourning over the death of their children. If at all any change has occurred it is that instead of Hari Singh, it is pro India politicians now, who are suppressing the Kashmiris,” Hurriyat (G) chairman said.
He added that main stream politicians have no right to offer floral tributes to the martyrs.
In his statement Mirwaiz said, it is a historical tragedy that pro freedom leaders are being put under house arrest and pro India politicians permitted to visit martyrs graveyard. “We are the real heirs of political and religious mission of martyrs and are carrying forward their mission but we are being arrested and restrictions imposed on us to disallow us to pay tributes to martyrs. On the other side these pro India politicians, under the cover of police and forces are paying tributes to martyrs,” he said.
JKLF chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik, ridiculed the state government for imposing curfew and restrictions. “The general strike has proved that what people want in Kashmir. The tall claims of government have got exposed that they are the champions of democracy. People have again showed who actually their representatives are. They are not those who go to martyrs graveyard under security cover to pay tributes. But those who have been placed under house arrest,” he said.
The JKLF chairman also paid tributes to Ishfaq Majid Wani who was killed in an encounter by forces on third Ramadan in 1990. He added that Ishfaq was the real heir of martyrs of July 13 1931 and he was the person who led the 1990 peoples revolution in Kashmir and he changed the history of Kashmir.
Shabir Shah has described as act of cowardice and unrealistic, the approach of the state government to place separatist leader under house arrest and allowing mainstream leaders to offer tributes. “Pro freedom leaders are the real representatives of people and masses have always proved it by responding to their calls,” he said.



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