Hafta-e-Shahadat: Govt disallows AAC rally

Srinagar, May 20: The Government Sunday disallowed the Awami Action Committee worker’s rally at the party Headquarters Mirwaiz Manzil Rajori Kadal and unfurling of the party flag at hawal chowk in connection with the Hafta-e-Shahadat (martyr’s week) by imposing strict curfew and restrictions in majority of downtown areas for the second consecutive day on Sunday and keeping the patron of the party Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest.
In the statement issued by AAC workers and delegates from different districts of Jammu and Kashmir districts had reached the valley to participate in the party rally. However the ruling regime imposed strict curbs and barred people from reaching Rajouri Kadal as all roads were sealed with reams of concertina wires and the heavy deployment of police and CRPF men.
Strongly protesting the government’s decision of disallowing the rally AAC also strongly condemned the continuous house detention of its patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, since past three days. AAC termed the government decision of disallowing the AAC rally for paying tribute to its founder Shaheeed-e-Millat Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq and caging Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on part of the authorities on the basis of sheer force as dictatorial and vengeful. The statement said that the huge participation of people in the previous programs of Hafta-e-Shahadat unnerves the rulers as it brings to fore peoples committed to the mission of martyrs. The statement said that leaders like Shaheed-e-Milat and Shaheed-e-Hurriyat sacrificed their lives for a great and sacred people’s cause and every citizen of Kashmir is duty bound to honour and take forward the mission of martyrs.
The statement condemned the police raids on AAC workers, activists and leaders terming it acceptance of defeat by the government. The AAC appealed the people of Kashmir to march towards Eidgah on May 21 where resistance leadership will address the gathering and reaffirm the pledge to take forward the mission of martyrs.
Meanwhile, in Chenab valley, recitation of Quran and dua majlis for Shaheed-e-Milat was held at various places. (KNS)