Malik slams camouflaging act to arrest resistance leaders
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Sunday said "Jammu Kashmir has been turned into a police state where police and forces are terrorizing and oppressing people with impunity."
"Assaulting and arresting a peaceful political leader like Mir Hafizullah that too in camouflage of revolutionaries only shows the criminal mindset of rulers and their police. This act has also exposed the faces that are behind numerous inhuman, uncivilized and anti-people deeds meant to defame resistance and freedom movement," Malik said in a statement.
Terming the "assault" on Mir Hafizullah and booking him under PSA as "trampling of all democratic norms," Malik said "the way police and forces raided and arrested a peaceful political leader like Mir Hafizullah in the disguise of rebels has proved the fact that these forces can cross any limit to crush peaceful voice of Kashmiris."
"Why can't the forces who can camouflage themselves for arresting a political leader like this, be behind those numerous inhuman, disreputable, anti-people deeds that are being committed in the name of unknown persons to defame resistance and freedom movement," Malik asked.
"After killing about one hundred innocents, injuring 20,000, snatching eye sights of hundreds, vandalizing properties worth millions and arresting more than 10,000 youth, elderly and children, police and forces have resorted to another worst kind of state sponsored terrorism that is highly condemnable," he said.
Malik also condemned the prolonged incarceration of JKLF leaders and activists including ailing vice chairman advocate Bashir Ahmad Butt, vice-chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal who is lodged in Kotbalwal jail, ailing zonal senior vice president Muhammad Yasin Butt, zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, District president Ganderbal Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya) , JKLF activists Fayaz Ahmad Mir of Ganderbal , Shabir Ahmad Ganaie of Kakapora Pulwama, Mushtaq Ahmad Mir of Kupwara, Assadullah Sheikh of Kulgam, Molvi Reyaz of Sopore, Muhammad Ishaaq Malik Kokernagh, Sahib Khan of Trehgam , Ghulam Mohi Ud Din of Kunanposhpora and other youth and students who are lodged in jails and police stations.
Malik also condemned the continuous arrest and house arrest of Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq, Aasiya Andarabi, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Bilal Ahmad Sideequi, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Ayaz Akbar, Dr G M Hubbi and others. JKLF chairman also expressed sorrow over the sad demise of the father of Jamat-I-Islami spokesman advocate Zahid Ali. While paying tributes to the deceased, Malik prayed for his heavenly abode.
Meanwhile, a spokesman of JKLF has clarified the statement issued by a team of New Delhi based journalists including Seema Mustafa and Prem Shankar Jha in which they had claimed to have talked to JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik on phone.
"The team had in fact called Yasin sahib for holding a meeting which JKLF chairman refused humbly. If these Indian journalists have taken this 'refusal to talk' as some kind of meeting or deliberation what can one say," said JKLF spokesman.