Malik to stage hunger strike at Jantar Mantar

Protests Life Sentences To Kashmiris

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Jan 16: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Wednesday said he would stage a 48-hour hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the life sentences awarded to Kashmiris. He threatened to go for an indefinite fast if New Delhi and J&K government fail to reverse the verdicts of life sentence.
Addressing media persons here, Malik said assurances given to the then militants in prison in 1994 by civil society members from India, US and European Union have proved deceptive. “We were promised space for a peaceful struggle, but nothing of that sort happened. Youth who had picked up guns were released and now the same have been slapped with life sentences,” he said.
The JKLF chairman said after jail bharo movement, the party will hold two programs every month, a peaceful sit-in and a candle procession. “The sit-in will be held at Pratap Park wherein intellectuals, families of life imprisonment victims and JKLF leaders will participate,” he said. “We will also go for a 48-hour hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. If situation won’t change, we will go for an indefinite fast.”
During his protest at New Delhi, the JKLF chief said he would try to engage Indian civil society members and hold a ‘public trial’ for the life sentence victims.
Citing the example of Noor Muhammad, a resident of Tral, district Pulwama, Malik said the person along with two others are languishing in Tihar Jail. “Noor Muhammad is just three feet tall and his hands can’t even hold a piece of bread. The trio was arrested and in the charge-sheet it has been shown that two guns were recovered from their possession,” Malik said. “For that, they were slapped with life sentences eight times so far.”
To a query that of late many youth have joined militant ranks as seen in the recent Sopore encounter, he said youth of Kashmir were pondering over whether to pick up guns again or be part of a non-violent movement.
“If they wish to pick up guns, they won’t ask me as we did not ask anybody in 1988,” Malik said. “I would go for a non-violent way of struggle,” he added.
To a query about the ongoing tension at LoC, Malik said Kashmir was the basic cause of tension between India and Pakistan. “I suggest India and Pakistan that they should work to resolve Kashmir without wasting further time,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 16 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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