Hurriyat (G) condemns Geelani’s house detention, says State has turned JK into a virtual jail

Hurriyat Conference (G) Friday said its chairman, Syed Ali Geelani who continues to be under house detention, was not again allowed to offer Friday prayers by police.
Condemning the “autocratic and egoistic” behavior of rulers and its authorities, a spokesman of the Huriyat (G), in a statement today said the amalgam chairman is not being allowed to offer Friday prayers for the last so many years.
“It was in Omer Abdullah’s regime that curbs and restrictions were imposed and the leader was barred from offering prayers. This practice was followed by then Chief Minister, late Mufti Sayeed,” said spokesman, adding that now Mehbooba Mufti too is following the same policy.
Huriyat Conference (G) statement while strongly condemning state authorities said: “Coalition led by PDP and BJP has turned state virtually in a big jail and more than six hundred Hurriyat leaders and activists are still languishing in different jails.”
Commenting over the continuous detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists including Sheikh Mohamad Yousef, Ab Subhan Wani, Mohamad Rustum Bhat, Amir hamza Shah, Ab Khaliq Regu, Ab Rehman Tantray, Bashir Ahmad Sofi, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Mohamad Shaban Dar, Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Mohammad Yusuf Lone, Ab Majid Rather, Hakim-u-Rehman Sultani, Nazir Ahmad War, Mohammad Ashraf War, Abdul Manan, Lateef Ahmad Kalo,Gh Mohidin Pundit, Sajad Ahmad War, Nazir Ahmad Tantrey ,Mohamad Abdullah Bhat, Ab Salam Mir ,Mohamad Ramzan Bhat , Farooq Ahmad Sofi, Gh Nabi Najar and Sajad Ahmad Mir, Hurriyat (G) said that most of those detained are elderly.
Hurriyat (G) while furnishing details about prisoners said: “More than hundred were bailed out by court, however police didn’t release them and are lodged in police lockups. PSA was slapped again on forty detainees and those detainees who served and completed detention period are illegally detained without assigning any reason.”
“Most of the detainees after furnishing bail documents were not released, instead booked against fresh and baseless allegations and FIR stand registered against them, thereby prolonging their detention,” said statement.
Huriyat conference in its appeal to organizations of human rights asked to take cognizance of plight of detainees and use their influence for their release.
Statement said Syed Ali Geelani expressed his deep concern and grief over the loss of lives in a suicidal bomb attack in shrine in Sindh Karachi and expressed his sympathy and condolences with bereaved families.
“Those involved in these heinous attacks are not human beings and exemplary and stringent action should be taken against culprits. It is a well-thought-out conspiracy to defame and malign this country,” statement quoting Geelani said.
Blaming “India for instigating and promoting terrorism in Pakistan”, statement quoting Syed Ali Geelani said that Afghanistan is being used as launching pad for such activities.
Statement urged Pakistan administration, people and political leaders, “to come on one page, crush these elements, isolate all those escalating troubles and take stringent action against them as per law of land”.