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Hurriyat (M) expresses concern over CASOs, arrest

Srinagar, Hurriyat Conference (M) on Tuesday condemned the harassment of Pro-freedom activists, workers and arresting of youth.  The spokesman in a statement said that a crucial meeting of Hurriyat (M) was held today under the chairmanship of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at the amalgam’s Rajbagh headquarters and was attended by all constituents of Hurriyat Conference (M).

“The meeting took note of the recent remarks of United Nations Human Rights Council chief Michelle Bachelet on J&K and expressed satisfaction over it. Members said that it is a positive development that UN has started playing a proactive role on the Kashmir dispute taking note of the serious human rights abuses taking place here and supporting people’s ‘Right of Self Determination’, ”the spokesman in a statement said.

The spokesman said that all members expressed serious concern over the continued Cordon and Search operations by government forces mostly across the length and breadth of  South Kashmir resulting in killing and maiming of youth, thrashing of inmates and vandalizing of properties causing great distress to those living there.

“The members termed CASO as State terrorism of worst kind to intimidate and harass people and called for its immediate end,” said spokesman in a statement.

“The meeting expressed strong resentment on the killing of peaceful protesters terming it as highly condemnable and inhuman. The participants of the meeting said that open aggression against the people of Kashmir reflects the frustration of lakhs of forces deployed in Kashmir as they have failed to break the resolve of people who are fighting for their legitimate right of self-determination,” said spokesman.

“The meeting condemned the raids being conducted by the police and paramilitary forces on the houses of resistance leaders and activists and arresting them and lodging them in various jails or forcing them to come to police stations daily ahead of the so-called local bodies and panchayat polls drama,” the spokesman said.

“They said that people of Kashmir reject all electoral process and only seek the right of self-determination,” he said.

“The meeting said that the Hurriyat team presently camping in Geneva will participate in the ongoing UNHRC session on human rights, to rake up the grave human rights violations being committed by the lakhs of forces in Kashmir and to ensure pressure is building on Government of India to stop the rights abuses by its forces in Kashmir,” the spokesman in a statement said.

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