J&K: Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz condemns restrictions
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Last Updated: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 23:04
Srinagar: Condemning the restrictions imposed by Jammu and Kashmir government in old city, moderate Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday said force and repression were the only standard response of the administration to people's aspirations.

"It is regrettable that the only standard response that the Government has to people's aspirations and sentiments is repression, force and curbs. Time and again, through the exhibition of power, the government betrays the fundamental principles of democracy, which it claims to represent and uphold," Mirwaiz said in a statement.

He said the decision to prevent people from offering fateh and paying tribute to their beloved leader and other martyrs at Eidgah is "unfortunate and condemnable".

"It is the right of every nation to honour and remember those who have sacrificed their lives for it. To build a memorial is the least we can do, in terms of paying a tribute to them.

In India itself memorials of resistance against the British Raj exist throughout, be it at Jallianwala Bagh or Rajghat," he said.

Mirwaiz said the key to lasting peace and development in the region was a just and permanent resolution of the Kashmir issue.

"The sooner it was understood by all the better it is," he added.


First Published: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 23:04

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