Prevailing situation in J&K ‘worrying’ and ‘disturbing’: APHC

Srinagar, Nov 13 (KNS): All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Saturday termed the prevailing political situation in Jammu and Kashmir as extremely worrying and disturbing.

In a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), APHC said that the large-scale additional deployment of armed forces in cities and towns has created an atmosphere of panic and insecurity among the people. 

It said that besides continued policy of arrests, raids, killings and severe human rights violations continues unabated. 

It said that according to newspaper reports, in these days of severe cold, people are being subject to regular stoppage and frisking on roads by the forces who have set up roadblocks all over the city and towns, causing great harassment to them. 

APHC said that the humanitarian and political crisis in Kashmir keeps worsening with each passing day, and “unless the conflict is addressed to be resolved, it is unlikely that the situation will change for better.”

Hurriyat also criticised authorities for forcibly preventing Muslims of valley from offering Friday prayers at historic Jama Masjid in Srinagar since August 6 this year.

It said the religious sentiments of the people were being severely hurt by these measures.

The APHC also demanded release of its chairman Mirwaiz Dr Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq who has been under illegal and arbitrary house detention since 5 August, 2019 and also all political leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Aasiya Andrabi and hundreds of youth who are languishing in jails of Jammu and Kashmir and other various prisons in India.

“The prevailing political situation in J&K and the arbitrary imprisonment of its leaders and youth call for attention of the international human rights organisations,” the APHC said. (KNS)

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