Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Arrested in Indian-administered Kashmir

A Kashmiri separatist leader has been arrested in Indian-administered Kashmir while leading a peaceful demonstration.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, from All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), was initially held in the Nigeen Police Station after being arrested in front of his residence on Thursday, before he was transferred to Chashma Shahi Sub-Jail on Friday, the APHC said in a statement.

Local media reported that Farooq was taken into custody for violating the terms of his house arrest by trying to participate in a march to the Martyrs’ Graveyard along with his supporters to pay tribute and protest against the recent killings of civilian Kashmiris.

Mirwaiz Umar has been under house arrest for nearly two months for speaking out against “the continuing violence and oppression by the Indian Security Forces,” APHC spokesman Shahidul Islam said in a statement.

“Speaking out against the Indian state’s violations of basic human rights is not a crime, it’s heroism,” Islam said.

“Especially when India demonises people on the basis of their faith and ethnicity.”

APHC spokesman added that they demand Mirwaiz Umar to be released immediately.

“We appeal to the International Community to condemn the political detention of Mirwaiz Umar and we demand his immediate release,” he said.

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