Srinagar, March 05 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has strongly condemned the ongoing arrest spree against Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and workers.

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “A vicious atmosphere has been created in the Valley. Ongoing arrest spree of socio-religious leaders and workers, and others during the past few days has created chaos and uncertainty.”

He said, “India should understand that banning Jamaat-e-Islami and arresting its leaders and workers will not solve anything, instead it will complicate matters. Ours is a peaceful political movement but there is a deliberate design to link it with violence. Authorities banning socio-political organisation by linking it with violence is highly unfortunate.”

“It is ironical that the space for the political dissent is being choked to an extent of enormous suffocation. We are not allowed to express our legitimate political demand. The height is that whosoever raises the voice against suppression and calls for early Kashmir resolution is being booked,” the TeH Chairman added.

Sehrai said, “Repressive measures like raids and arrests are being used as tools to punish and force Kashmiris into submission.” He appealed to the international agencies and organizations for human rights to take cognizance of unabated arrests and use their influence to stop human rights violations in the occupied territory.

He said such dictatorial measures are taken by the Indian government as a policy based on political vendetta. He said such illegal and undemocratic measures against Kashmiris will not change realities on ground. “Force and intimidation will only worsen the already deteriorated situation in Kashmir,” he warned.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat leader Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi in a statement welcomed Pakistan’s decision of releasing the Indian pilot Abhinandan as a goodwill gesture and appreciated Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for his endeavors for ensuring peace in the region.

Anjuman Himayatul Islam leaders Maulana Showkat Hussain Kaing, Maulana Khurshid Ahmad Qanoongo and Maulana Abdul Haq Owaisi in their statement also denounced the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami. Hurriyat leaders Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori and Muhammad Iqbal Mir termed the ban on JI as a blot on Indian face.

Meanwhile, a protest demonstration organized by Jammu and Kashmir People’s Alliance was held at Press Colony, Srinagar to protest the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir. The protesters were carrying banners which were demanding of the authorities to revoke the decision.

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