Arrest Of Hurriyat Leaders In J&K Violates 'Human Rights', Says Pakistan

06/11/2015 11:17 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
Pro-Pakistan separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani addresses a press conference in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, April 28, 2010. Steps towards unity between the two groups of the separatist All Parties Hurriyat Conference received a setback Wednesday when Geelani said his party would carry forward its own protest program to highlight rights violations in Kashmir, according to news reports. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan has condemned the recent crackdown on Hurriyat leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that it was a clear violation of human rights.

"These actions are an attempt by the Indian authorities to stifle the voice of the Kashmiris, who are struggling against the continued Indian occupation and gross human rights violations in Kashmir," Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said.

"Pakistan condemns the recent crackdown on political workers and especially the leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) in Kashmir," the Foreign Office further said.

It added, "The massive gathering of people in Kashmir for Hurriyat leadership is a stamp of approval for the realization of the right to self-determination by the Kashmiri people under UN auspices."

Also Read: Security Tightened Ahead Of Modi's Srinagar Visit

The state police and administration have imposed curfew like restriction in seven police station areas of the city on Friday to thwart the 'Jamia Masjid chalo' call given by the Separatist leadership ahead of Prime Minister Modi's visit to the state.

The state government has launched a massive crackdown on separatist leaders ahead of Prime Minister Modi's visit to the state.

All prominent separatist leaders, including JKLF chief Yasin Malik, senior Hurriyat leader Shabir Ahmad Shah and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, have been either detained or put under house arrest.

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, who continues to be under house detention since he returned from New Delhi this April, has announced a 'Million March' on November 7, the same day when Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to address a rally in Srinagar.

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