Hurriyat Conference (G) holds consultative council meeting

SRINAGAR: The Hurriyat Conference (G) took serious notice of the continued detention of its leaders: Masarat Aalam Bhat, Mir Hafiz Ullah and Shakeel Ahmad Bhat and decided to take up the issue with human rights groups.

The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of amalgam’s Consultative Council held at Hyderpora with its chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani in chair.

The Council flayed the administration for slapping PSA on these detainees for more than 10 times. “All cases regarding the political prisoners are decided by the home ministry of India and Intelligence Bureau while as state rulers act as stooges and follow their orders,” the spokesman quoted council members as having said.

He said the council observed that even though the Public Safety Act (PSA)  has been declared unlawful and illegitimate by International law but in Jammu and Kashmir it is used to suppress political opponents. “The pro-freedom leaders are put under detention for long periods,” the members said, adding that Hurriyat would take up this issue with human rightist groups.

The council, strongly condemned the invocation of PSA against the pro-freedom leaders including Mir Hafiz Ullah.Commenting on the current assembly session, the members in one voice lashed out at the mainstream politicians for indulging in what they called “pseudo separatism.”  “It is a part of their political gimmick and they do it for their vote bank politics. These politicians lack conscience and they are not sincere. They could have tendered their resignation after the Gool, Markundal and Shopian massacres,” the Council said.

It expressed its deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives and property in a series of bomb attacks in Pakistan. “Conspiracies are being hatched outside and at internal level against its very existence. There is no justification for all this. The authorities should take stern action against the perpetrators,” the members said, urging the Pakistan administration to take appropriate steps for the safety of minorities including Shia Muslims and Christian community.

The meeting was attended by the leaders or representatives of  Muslim League, Peoples League, Mass Movement, Democratic Political Movement, Muslim Conference, People’s Freedom League and Tehreek Hurriyat .

The meeting discussed at length the fresh arrest spree, waywardness and proliferation of social evils in society. “According to the constitution of Hurriyat its chairman is elected after every three years and its first elections were held in 2010 and as its tenure has ended, it is imperative to go for new elections. The Council decided that for constitutional requirement new elections would be conducted in two weeks,” said the spokesman. NNI