Hurriyet leaders detained ahead of March 23 Day event

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India’s bitterness on Pakistan Day

Srinagar

In occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities have launched a massive crackdown against Hurriyet leaders to prevent them from visiting New Delhi and attending the Pakistan Day function to be held, tomorrow, at Pakistani High Commission in the Indian capital.
The Pakistan High Commission had invited the Hurriyet leaders to attend the 23rd March function.
The authorities have put the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, and other Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Zafar Akbar Butt, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Umar Aadil Dar and Shahid-ul-Islam either under house arrest or in custody. Indian police arrested APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, at Srinagar airport when he was on way to board a plane for New Delhi. The police also raided the houses of Showkat Ahmed Bakhshi and other leaders and harassed the inmates.
The APHC, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the High Court Bar Association of the occupied territory in their statements in Srinagar strongly condemned the curbs imposed by the occupation authorities on the resistance leaders. They said that the puppet authorities had converted the entire occupied territory into a police state where basic freedoms of people had been snatched.
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Gilani, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Mir Shahid Saleem, Zafar Akbar Butt and Farooq Ahmed Dar in their statements felicitated the people and government of Pakistan on the eve of their National Day. The Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi, in a statement in Srinagar urged the Kashmiris to continue their struggle until Kashmir becomes part of Pakistan. The Hurriyet leaders of AJK chapters of Hurriyet organizations at a meeting in Islamabad thanked Pakistan for its continued political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmir cause.
The APHC General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in a statement in Srinagar paid glowing tributes to the innocent civilians killed by Indian troops in Pathribal and Brakpora areas in March 2000. The troops had killed five innocent civilians in Pathribal fake encounter and seven in Brakpora by opening fire on peaceful protesters.—KMS

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