March 2017 News

In A First, Separatists Barred From Attending Pak Day Function At Delhi

23 March 2017
Rising Kashmir
Mir Liyaqat Ali

Srinagar: The separatist leaders, who were for the first time barred from attending Pakistan National Day function at country's embassy in New Delhi by the state government, Thursday such tactics was reflection of 'repressive mindset' of rulers in Jammu and Kashmir. The authorities did not allow the separatist leaders to attend the Pakistan Day function at country's embassy in New Delhi today. All the top separatist leaders were either placed under house arrest or detained. Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Ayaz Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam have been placed under house arrest. JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik has been arrested and lodged at Central Jail, Srinagar. Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told Rising Kashmir that restrictions on leaders to prevent them from attending Pakistan Day function shows the 'repressive mindset' of the rulers. He said this senseless measure is neither going to change the Pakistan's stand on Kashmir nor Hurriyat leaders will change their policy. Mirwaiz, who was placed under house detention last Friday and barred from attending the Pakistan Day function, said it is always a social gathering with simple function, which provides an opportunity to meet people and share ideas and views. 'This is first time in last three decades that we were not allowed to participate in such function. We were not going to hold secret meeting there and decision of barring us is meaningless,' he said. Senior Hurriyat (G) leader and Democratic Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah told Rising Kashmir that attending Pak day function is always important for the Kashmiri leaders. 'It is always important for us to express greetings to the country which always provides moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris. The dialogue between two countries won't yield any results without the participation of the Kashmiris, prime party to the dispute,' he said. Shah, who is under house detention, alleged that Mehbooba Mufti led PDP-BJP coalition government has crossed all the limits of the 'repression and aggression'. 'It was first time that Hurriyat leaders were not allowed to attend the function,' he said adding, 'Preventing Kashmiris from attending the function weakens the India's position on Kashmir'. Hurriyat Conference (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar told Rising Kashmir that leaders have been detained or placed under house detention to prevent them from attending the Pakistan Day function in Delhi. 'The decision to bar us from attending the Pak Day function has been taken by PDP on the orders of BJP and RSS. This has not happened in the past as the function is always apolitical where political leaders and representatives of India also participate,' he said. 'This is unrealistic and senseless decision,' he said. DG Police S P Vaid refused to comment on the issue. 'I have no comments on this issue,' he said.