Concern raised over fresh arrest spree in occupied Kashmir

Srinagar, July 26 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, has appealed to the world human rights organizations to play their role in the release of illegally detained Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders and activists languishing in different jails.

Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the occupation authorities were deliberately prolonging the illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists to victimize them for their political beliefs and ideology while declaring them criminals, which was a blatant human rights violation. He strongly condemned the authorities for not releasing the party leader, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, despite the court orders for his release.

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leaders, Ameer Hamza Shah and Bashir Ahmed Qureshi, addressing public gatherings in Budgam and Pulwama areas said that the Kashmir dispute continued to remain a reality even after the passage of seven decades with India and Pakistan as parties to it.

The Chairman of Muslim Conference, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, and other Hurriyat leaders Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Imtiaz Ahmed Reshi, Ghulam Nabi Waseem and Ghulam Nabi War in their statements expressed serious concern over the arrest spree unleashed by Indian troops and police in the occupied territory.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, addressing a meeting of party office-bearers from Islamabad district, welcomed the US President, Donald Trump’s offer for mediation on the Kashmir dispute.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement, Muhammad Sharif Sartaj, in a statement in Jammu while commenting on President Trump’s offer said it is a fact that Kashmir is a long-pending dispute and needs political and peaceful resolution. The President of Jammu-based Jammu and Kashmir Youth Forum for Justice, Irshad Ahmed Malik, in a statement in Jammu said that President Trump’s mediation offer had proved that America was aware of the sensitivity of the Kashmir conflict.

The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement Chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem, in a statement in Jammu said that provision of weapons by the occupation authorities to the members of Indian Army-backed Village Defence Committee in Kishtwar and other districts of Chenab valley had created a sense of fear and harassment among the Muslim community.

Hurriyat leader, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, in his statement said that India had failed to capture hearts and minds of Kashmiri people and was deliberately targeting youth to crush the Kashmiris’ legitimate and popular freedom struggle against its occupation.

Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami in a statement in Srinagar said that the acquittal of four Kashmiri prisoners after 23 years is a big question mark on the Indian judiciary. Hurriyat leader, Javaid Ahmed Mir, in a statement expressed concern over the plight of illegally detained Kashmiris lodged in different jails.

On the other hand, Indian police arrested two persons identified as Muhammad Saleem and Muhammad Iqbal Khatana in Bandipora district.

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