Condemning the arrest of secretary Dawat-u-Tableeg Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today said, "Peaceful political leaders and activists are arrested on one pretext or the other and there is no moral or ethical justification for these arbitrary arrests."
"It is martial law like situation in Kashmir," Geelani, in a statement today, said, terming Qureshi's arrest an 'extreme type of terrorism'.
Geelani said, "Special prayers to commemorate anniversary of martyrs of Kupwara massacre were organized in which leaders, activists and thousands of people participated. Later on, a procession led by Bashir Ahmad Qureshi and Zahoor-ul-Haq was taken out and people demanded fair investigation and urged authorities to take stringent action against those involved in the gruesome massacre. As soon as the procession reached main Chowk, police swung into action and besides resorting to indiscriminate force, arrested Bashir Ahmad Qureshi."
"It is highly deplorable that authorities despite their tall claims of democracy and battle of ideas are trampling all ethics and norms. Their rhetoric of democracy is a hoax. They only strangulate genuine voices of people. They are scared and don't tolerate the people's assembly to remember these martyrs of nation. Whosoever dares to oppose their authority, his liberty and right to freedom are denied," Geelani said.
He said, "Hundreds of youth are still languishing in different jails, police lockups and torture centers. Instead of releasing these detainees, administration is arresting more and more youth. All these arbitrary arrests have led to uncertainty in state and the situation is deteriorating with every passing day."
Geelani appealed to the international bodies for human rights to break their silence and take cognizance of these "violations and lawlessness created by authorities under the garb of maintenance of law and order."
Meanwhile, Geelani has expressed profound grief over the loss of lives following heavy snow fall and after avalanches hit residential houses in Gurez and adjoining areas. Extending his heartfelt condolences to affected families, Geelani said, "We stand by them and we feel for them."
He appealed to the well off people to extend their generous support to the affected families.