MIRPUR (AJK)

Jammu and Kashmir National Front Vice President and APHC Altaf Ahmed Wani denounced the arrest spree launched by Indian police against Hurriyat leaders in the occupied valley, and termed the action undemocratic and flagrant violation of human rights.

Talking to newsmen, the Kashmiri leader said that detention of pro-freedom leaders and the ongoing spree of arrests across the occupied Kashmir valley is a serious violation of human rights especially the right to speech.

Wani maintained that the massive crackdown on pro-freedom leaders was a manifestation of Indian authorities’ sheer frustration. Expressing serious concern over the house arrests of Hurriyet leaders including Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Syed Ali Gilani, Shabir Ahmed Shah and Muhammad Yasin Malik, he said that in order to stage election drama in the disputed territory, India had launched the operation against Hurriyat stalwarts.

Demanding immediate release of the Hurriyat leaders and other activists, he said that the arrests and pressure tactics by Indian authorities won’t be able to break their political resolve to pursue the cause.

Terming the elections as a futile exercise, Wani observed that these farcical poll exercises had been rejected by the Kashmiris time and again. While urging the world human rights organisations to take effective cognizance of the worsening human rights violations in Kashmir, he said, “Freedom of speech and expression is under siege in the valley”.

Highlighting the plight of flood victims, the leader said that on one hand, the flood affectees were craving for help while the power hungry politicians of so-called mainstream parties on the other hand were busy in election drama. Castigating mainstream parties’ apathy towards the masses, he said that they have no interest in resolving the people’s problems rather their only concern was how to hoodwink the public to gain political power.