ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi and Masroor Abbas have condemned the restrictions and use of brute force by Indian forces on the participants of Muharram processions.
According to Kashmir Media Service, the leaders in their statements in Held Srinagar also denounced the continued crackdown on pro-freedom leaders, activists and young boys.
Other Hurriyet leaders who denounced the Indian brutalities included Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Bilal Siddiqui, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Javed Ahmad Mir, Qazi Yasir, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Nahida Nasreen, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi and Ghulam Nabi War.
Meanwhile, the Ashura Muharram processions could not be taken out on Wednesday due to stringent curfew and a 27-year-old official ban on them. Police detained several mourners after subjecting them to brute force and teargas shelling near BSNL Exchange headquarters in Srinagar when they tried to take out processions.
The troops arrested dozens of people including, Agha Syed Muntazir Al-Moosvi, Ghulam Hassan Malik, Agha Syed Baqir and Nisar Hussain Rather after they defied curfew and appeared at Lal Chowk and TRC in Srinagar. Senior Hurriyet leaders, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi and Maulana Abbas Ansari were already under house arrest from the past three months.
The mourners who arrived in Srinagar from central Kashmir’s district Budgam and elsewhere despite restrictions were shouting pro-freedom slogans when they were detained. They were planning to reach Imam Bargah Zadibal from where the biggest Muharram procession was to be taken out.
On the other hand, dozens of people including women were injured when Indian police fired pellets on protesters in Bandipora, Sopore, Pampore, Tral and other areas of the territory. The forces’ personnel damaged residential houses, parked vehicles, power transformers and smashed windowpanes of houses without any provocation in the areas.