Hurriyat (G) aghast at ban on screening of Ocean of Tears in KU

Srinagar, Dec 16: Terming the ban on screening of ‘Ocean of Tears’ in Kashmir University as “hypocrisy and unjustified”, Hurriyat Conference (G) has criticized the administration and said that move is against the norms and curtails freedom of expression.
The Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar in a statement said “It is against the norms and in a civilized society the freedom of expression cannot be denied. They have transformed the University into a political amphitheatre and arena for favorite political parties and even the institute is being used as a reception centre for Rahul Gandhi and others.”
He said on the contrary a documentary film based on facts is not allowed for public.
Criticizing the authorities, spokesman said that the authorities have turned the Kashmir University into a mini-secretariat and promote undesirable cultural activities. “We appeal film producers to make its copies and make them available to every home in Kashmir with its CDs,” he said.
 Meanwhile, the statement accused the “army of conducting a clandestine survey and clicking photographs of Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s office and residence at Hyderpora”.
“The policemen deputed there did not bother to inquire about the army’s purpose of conducting survey of the area and taking photographs,” he said.
 “If they were meant for security, why did they act as mute spectators? There have been attacks and rocket fires in past. Panic has spread among the residents of the area,” he said. He said despite claiming that army was not active in Srinagar, they were conducting such surveys in the city. “If any untoward happens in the area, the responsibility for that will lie on the army, police and the authorities”, said Akbar.
However, Defence Spokesperson, Col J S Brar rejected the Hurriyat (G) statement calling it ‘baseless’. “Army is not operating in the city and the statement is baseless,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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