Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Friday said that youth are being pushed to wall and compelled to take the path of violence.
Malik said this while initiating "jail bharo" campaign and courted arrest along with other party leaders against 'choking of political space' and continuous house arrest of separatists.
Talking to reporters before courting his arrest, Malik said these voluntary arrests are a protest against the "puppet" government's policy of choking political space and other 'oppressive' measures against JKLF and other separatist parties.
Malik said this protest would continue for 10 days. "After that, if the situation remains unchanged, the future course of action shall be announced."
JKLF chief stated that the era of 1988 has returned to Kashmir during which peaceful protestors and demonstrators used to be arrested.
"It was due to such state terrorism that youth were compelled to take up arms. The situation is same today, youth are being pushed to the wall and compelled to take the path of violence."
"Killing spree of 2008, 2009 and 2010 was condemned by all, but among the pro-India parties PDP was at the forefront and advocated for political space to all shades of opinion. Now when PDP has joined RSS to grab power, it has broken all records of anarchical measures by suppressing the voices of dissent and silencing pro-freedom voices in Kashmir. It has imposed ban on all peaceful, pro-freedom activities," he said.
Commenting upon the statement of Home Minister Rajnath Singh in which he had again raked up the issue of colonies for Pandits, Malik termed the statement as ridiculous. "Recently he told Indian Parliament that there was no plan to establish any separate colony for Pandits but today he is negating his own Parliament. Kashmiri Pandits are part and parcel of our society but they will live alongside their Muslim brethren in mohallas and villages, not in Israeli-type separate colonies," he said.