Police on Wednesday thwarted a seminar --- where purported speeches of Jash-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and Laskhar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) Hafiz Muhammad Sayeed were to be played out --- by arresting the organizer and a senior separatist leader.
Little-known Human Rights Forum Jammu and Kashmir had distributed invitation to all separatists leaders --- including chairmen of the two factions of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Faooq and Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief Yasin Malik, Dukhatran-e-Millat (DeM) chief Asiya Andrabi --- to speak on a subject “The role of pro-freedom leaders’ viz-a-viz Kashmir issue” at a local hotel in Srinagar.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police swooped on the venue situated at Lal Chowk in the morning and tracked the organizer Ahsan Untoo. “We arrested him around 10:30 am,” said SHO Maisuma Zahoor Ahmad. Javid Mir, who heads a faction of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, was also arrested from the spot. Police sources said it was a preventive custody.
The police had also directed the hotel administration not to allow holding of the seminar and the participants were denied entry into the hotel.
The human rights organization has condemned the police action. “Sorry to say that the Indian army as routine sabotaged the seminar and arrested the organizer, his college us and the participants. Thus exposed, as Indiaclaiming the big democratic, with big human rights violation country is main hurdle for peace in the sub-continent,” said Engineer Mehmood, claiming to be a senior member of the organisation.
The organizers had also sought a tele-speech from United Jehad Council chief Sayed Salahudin, who also heads Kashmir largest indigenous militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen.
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir assembly members and political parties’ heads were also scheduled to speak on the occasion. This would have been for the first time that militants groups’ heads would have addressed a seminar in Kashmir.