The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has criticized the Indian authorities for restricting and arresting pro-freedom leaders ahead of sham Indian parliamentary elections in the territory. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the holding of elections amidst presence of one million forces’ personnel had been reduced to mere a drama enacted by the Indian government to mislead the world. The APHC Chairman said that Hurriyet leadership instead of becoming a part of such sham elections would like to express its verdict regarding the political future of Jammu and Kashmir through plebiscite to be held under the supervision of the international community. Syed Ali Gilani strongly denounced the authorities for shifting Muhammad Yasin Malik to jail and placing Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Merajuddin and Muhammad Ashraf Laya under house arrest.

Police raided Aasiyah Andrabi's residence at night: DeM

Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) has condemned the nocturnal police raid on the residence of party Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi. Detailing about the incident, DeM General Secretary, Nahida Nasreen in a statement said that a large contingent of police raided Andrabi’s residence during the night with an intention to arrest her. “Andrabi was at one of her relatives’ home and there was no one at her residence. As per the eyewitnesses and the neighbors, the policemen barged inside through the walls. Nasreen said that then policemen shattered the windows and doors of the residence. She said though no one was inside, these hooligans in uniform kept banging the doors and windows.

JKPM condemns crackdown on resistance leadership 

The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) has condemned the house arrests and other restrictions being placed on the resistance leadership preventing them from participating in the political, social and religious programmes and activities. APHC leader and JKPM Chairman, Mir Shahid Saleem while addressing a party meeting said that the Jammu and Kashmir had been turned into a police state where people were denied all civil, political and democratic rights. He said the pro-freedom leadership which represents the aspirations and the sentiments of the people has either been locked in their houses or lodged in police stations and jails.

Police assault on Photo journalist in IOK condemned 

The President of Employees Joint Action Committee, Abdul Qayoom Wani has condemned the police action against a senior photo journalist, Touseef Mustafa. Abdul Qayoom Wani in a statement issued in Srinagar urged the authorities to intervene in the matter and demanded stern action against the involved police officials. He said that journalists always brought out the facts before people and worked for the eradication of social injustice and evils. He said this kind of action hurts the sentiments of people. Meanwhile, the All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Chairman, Jagmohan Singh Raina in its statement in Srinagar condemned the police action against journalist fraternity in Kashmir.

IOK people urged to stay away from sham polls 

Hurriyet leader Shabbir Ahmed Dar has urged the freedom-loving people of Kashmir to stay away from so-called coming parliamentary elections because boycotting these will be serving the cause of freedom and showing respect to the huge and unparallel sacrifices of great martyrs. Shabbir Ahmed Dar in a statement issued in Srinagar said that it was an exercise in futility as it did not serve any body’s cause. He said, “The sacrifices, discipline and steadfastness exhibited by all the Kashmiris is the manifestation of our desire and design to get complete freedom from foreign occupation.”

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