Srinagar, April 29, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has questioned the assurance by the police that the ailing party Chairman Syed Ali Gilani and other Hurriyat leaders are free to go anywhere. The APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “There is no constitutional and moral justification to curb his peaceful political activities and stop him from performing religious obligations,” adding that his residence had been turned into a sub-jail. The statement came in the backdrop of imposition of curbs on Syed Ali Gilani to offer congregational and Friday prayers.
The statement talked about curbs on freedom of other leaders of the Joint Resistance Leadership – Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. “The resistance leaders are barred from performing religious obligations which is interference in religious matters,” said the statement.
Soon after the authorities lifted curbs on Gilani’s movement last month he had addressed prayers at local mosque and told New Delhi about its temporary rule in Kashmir. Less than a week later he and Mirwaiz and Malik were put under house arrest to prevent them from traveling to southern parts of Kashmir to show solidarity with families of 17 youth killed in April 1 firing by Indian troops on protesters.
Today, a mobile bunker with alert CRPF troopers remain stationed outside the residence of Gilani. “They didn’t allow him to come out to offer prayers. Their assurance about freedom of Mr. Gilani and other leaders was a bundle of lies,” said a senior APHC leader.
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