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Prevailing political situation in J&K extremely worrying: APHC

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Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Saturday termed the prevailing political situation in Jammu and Kashmir as extremely worrying and disturbing, saying that the large-scale additional deployment of armed forces in cities and towns has created an atmosphere of panic and insecurity among the people.

In a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), APHC said, that besides continued policy of arrests, raids, killings and severe human rights violations continues unabated.

Hurriyat said that according to newspaper reports, in these days of severe cold, people are being subject to regular stoppage and frisking on roads by the forces who have set up roadblocks all over the city and towns, causing great harassment to them. Crackdowns are also routinely carried out in various areas and men and women paraded indiscriminately and being subject to harassment, it said.

APHC said that the humanitarian and political crisis in Kashmir keeps worsening with passing time, and unless the conflict is addressed to be resolved , it is unlikely that the situation will change for better.

Hurriyat also criticised authorities’ for forcibly preventing Muslims of valley from offering Friday prayers at Jammu and Kashmir’s largest place of worship and spiritual centre – Jama Masjid Srinagar – from August 6, 2021.

It said the religious sentiments of the people were being severely hurt by these measures.

APHC demanded release of its Chairman Mirwaiz Dr Moulvi Muhammad Umar Farooq who has been under illegal and arbitrary house detention since 5 August 2019 and also all all political leaders including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Mohtarma Aasiya Andrabi and hundreds of youth who are languishing in jails of Jammu and Kashmir and other various prisons in India.

The prevailing political situation in J&K and the arbitrary imprisonment of its leaders and youth call for attention of the international human rights organisations, the APHC said, while demanding immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners including the Mirwaiz—(KNO)

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