Huriyat conference in a statement said that on March 18, police raided Peer Bagh head office and foiled the proposed meeting of pro-freedom leaders. Police laid a siege near Tehreek-e Huriyat office in Hyderpora and office bearers including visitors were not allowed to enter the office premises.
Statement said that Huriyat Conference had made a program to discuss future strategy about upcoming parliamentary elections and participants were expected to present their view point over the issue.
Huriyat while deploring the unabated arrests said that today Mirwaiz Omer Farooq, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar Peer Saif ullah & Mohammad Ashraf Laya were again placed under house arrest while as Mohamad Yasin Malik was arrested & shifted to jail. Meanwhile Syed Ali Geelani also remained under house arrest.
Strongly criticising the detention of pro-freedom leadership, Huriyat conference termed it worst kind of state terrorism.
Meanwhile Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday in a statement while criticising state authorities, said that restricting and arresting leadership illustrates their sheer frustration. Asserting elections as a democratic process, Syed Ali Geelani said that however the process has been reduced to mere drama, enacted by their forces & scandalising the whole process through deceitful means.
Referring to Supreme court ruling, Syed Ali Geelani said that even their legal and judicial institutions in their ruling stated that participation in poll processes is neither compulsory nor campaign for poll boycott comes within the domain of any offence, however soon after notification for elections are announced, authorities create martial law like situations in state.
Syed Ali Geelani said that we believe in right to freedom and expression and won’t thrust our opinion about poll boycott, however we will reach to people and ask them to stay away from these manipulated elections.
Syed Ali Geelani asked state authorities to desist from creating a scare and appalling situations and allow us to convey our stance about these polls.
Syed Ali Geelani asked authorities to allow us to avail the right to reach people and said when contesting candidates are not barred, why the same right is being denied to resistance camp. It will testify the acceptance among masses and the verdict of people regarding their aspirations, said Geelani.
People will boycott these polls provided we are allowed to covey our stance and pro-Indian parties and their candidates will stand exposed, said Geelani.
Amid ten lakh forces personnel, the election process is mockery and just drama, said Syed Ali Geelani. He said that we and people of state do have regard for people’s opinion, however instead of becoming a part of these shame elections we will express our verdict regarding the political future of state through referendum under the supervision of international community.
Syed Ali Geelani said that Kashmir is internationally recognised issue and related to future political status of state. Many such dramas were enacted; however, the core issue was neither addressed nor any breakthrough was made in culminating the political uncertainty in state, said Syed Ali Geelani.