New Delhi-appointed three-member group of interlocutors on Wednesday condemned the attacks on Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at meetings in Chandigarh, Kolkata and Delhi.
“All citizens of India have the right to protest using peaceful and constitutional means. We believe it’s a violation of our democratic norms to attempt to silence the voices of dissents in Jammu and Kashmir and a gross violation of the rule of law to use violence against individuals participating in seminars,” said a joint statement issued by academic Radha Kumar, journalist Dileep Padgaonkar and former information commissioner MM Ansari.
This is the first reaction to the attacks allegedly launched by right wing groups and Kashmiri Pandits in different cities on the Mirwaiz. No mainstream political party has condemned the attack on the separatist leader.
“Such attacks also place previously on Syed Ali Shah Geelani. We would like to reiterate our strong opposition to these actions,” said the statement issued from New Delhi.
On his return to Srinagar, the Mirwaiz expressed unhappiness over the silence of political parties over the attacks.