Situation in IIOJK getting more and more repressive: Hurriyat forum

Srinagar, September 25 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed grave concern over the situation getting more and more repressive with each passing day in territory.

The Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said, day in and day out extreme laws are introduced to further curb people’s freedom and intimidate them into silence through fear of retribution. “Sudden dismissal of Government employees without any investigation or being given a chance to be heard is part of this policy as six more government employees have been sacked by the ruling dispensation,” it said.

The statement added that as a large segment of IIOJK population is working in the government sector and these laws are meant to silence them into submission, crush their freedom of expression and speech and quell any kind of dissent”. The forum said it strongly denounces this dictatorial approach to deal with people’s aspirations.

The Hurriyat forum condemned the targeting and harassing of local media persons by the authorities. “Local media and media houses are also continuously being targeted and harassed through raids on their homes and offices and confiscation of their equipment while many among them are not even spared arrests. Continued raids by Indian agencies on organisations and homes of people and slapping of PSA and other harsh laws on them, picking up of youth, their arbitrary arrests constant surveillance of people continues unabated across IIOJK as a state policy, as the number of Kashmiris in jails and detention centres further swells,” it deplored.

The statement said while thousands including political leaders and activists continue to languish in jails for years without any remedy, Hurriyat forum Chairman himself is placed under arbitrary house detention for the past twenty six months now. It said the situation in IIOJK is simmering and the people especially the youth feel suffocated, which can have serious consequences.

“No problem or issue can be solved by force and repression,” the Hurriyat forum said, adding that the non-resolution of the political and humanitarian issue of Kashmir is only creating more complications in the region and should be resolved as soon as possible.

The statement maintained that the Indian government must stop pursing the policy of intimidation and retribution against the people of IIOJK by withdrawing these harsh laws and restore people’s freedoms and liberties.