Joint separatist leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday organised peaceful protests against “ongoing NIA intimidation” and incarceration of thousands of Kashmiris, at Lal Chowk here.
Hundreds of activists of Hurriyat Conference (G), Hurriyat Conference (M) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) participated in the protests.
“Putting common people in jails and holding out intimidations and threats amounts to trampling of democratic and human norms. A nation facing military and police wrath of Indian control from last 70 years cannot be intimidated by jails, NIA and other acts of state-sponsored aggression,” a spokesman of JKLF quoted the joint leadership as saying while addressing the protestors.
Expressing solidarity with thousands of young and old, men and women who are “facing Indian wrath in Tihar jail and jails in Jammu and Kashmir”, the leaders said: “Thousands of young and old including ailing woman leader Asiya Andrabi and her associate Fahmida Sofi are facing Indian oppression in different jails and incarceration centers. Many separatist activists including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Meraj-ud-din Kalwal, Pir Saifullah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali and photojournalist Kamran Yousuf and Javed Ahmad have been put behind bars by NIA or ED on concocted charges while thousands including Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya), Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Atif Hassan, Irfan Ahmad, Amir Hamza, Mir Hafizullah, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Muhammad Rafiq Ganie, Muhammad Yousuf Baghwan and many more remain in jails under the black law PSA.”
“People without the discrimination of age and gender have been locked up in jails and police stations and all this is being done in the name of so-called democracy and raising the bogey of law and order. Similarly the NIA has been let loose to terrorise freedom-seeking people under the pretext of so-called terror funding and this agency besides arresting many people has continued its efforts to threaten people in resistance, businessmen, employees, relatives of resistance leaders and activists and men and women from other walks of life,” the joint leadership said.
Condemning what it called the “ongoing NIA terrorism”, the joint leadership said: “On one hand, the NIA is busy in terrorising people through intimidations and, on the other, a malicious propaganda against Kashmiri resistance leaders, activists, businessmen and Ulema is going on unabated on various Indian TV channels and media houses. Kashmiris are on daily basis being abused, accused and demonised by so-called anchors that are acting like foot soldiers and mercenaries of Indian forces.”
Hailing the recent report of the Amnesty International on plight of Kashmiris, the leaders said: “The Amnesty has rightly raised concern about the miseries of Kashmiris and we expect from them that they will raise the question of thousands of Kashmiris languishing in jails too and highlight the hardships these people are facing at the hands of so-called biggest democracy.”