Srinagar, July 28 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, has condemned the brutalities of Indian forces including killing of youth and desecration of graves of martyrs.

Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, who is illegally detained in a police station in Islamabad town, in a statement termed the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir worrisome and said that the Kashmiris were facing horrendous situations like detentions, desecration of religious places and unabated killings.

He said that the people of Kashmir would never succumb to Indian pressure and the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris would not go waste.

He also urged India to give up its policy of vengeance and immediately release all illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists, repeal draconian law Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and start withdrawal of its troops from occupied Kashmir to pave way for settlement of the lingering Kashmir dispute.

Meanwhile, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the cordon-and-search operations launched by Indian forces in various parts and in Lal Chowk Srinagar.

It said police and forces are unnecessarily harassing and intimidating civilians and business community on one pretext or the other. Virtually authorities have turned Kashmir into a battle field, subjecting civilians to worst treatment and their fundamental rights are being disregarded and trampled, it added.

It said targeting business hub and busy areas is a deep conspiracy and termed it as sheer lawlessness. Carrying searches of commercial establishments and frisking commuters is having detrimental effect on business activities in crowded market place in Lal Chowk, said the Hurriyat forum.

Meanwhile, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar strongly denounced the reign of terror unleashed by the Indian troops in every nook and corner of the territory. It deplored that the Indian troops were targeting the innocent people of Kashmir to suppress their freedom sentiment and prevent them from raising their voice for their democratic rights.

Condemning the deployment of huge contingents of troops in Hajin Sonawari and establishment of bunkers, it said that people of the area had been left on the mercy of forces’ personnel. He said that the purpose of the deployment of heavy forces in the area was to create fear in the local people, which was condemnable.

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