Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Mali today said the battle of Karbala represents steadfastness and ultimate faith in almighty Allah.
"Imam-I-Hussain (RA) and his companions sacrificed their lives but never bowed before tyrants. Colonial repression and democratic traits can never go hand in hand," a spokesman of the JKLF, in a statement today, quoted Yasin Malik as having said while addressing an Ashoora congregation at Zadibal here today.
"Despite heavy restrictions in Srinagar, JKLF chairman along with a delegation, comprising Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, G M Dar and others, managed to reach Zadibal to express solidarity with Azadaran-I-Imam-I-Hussain (RA). On the occasion JKLF chairman addressed a gathering of mourners at Imambarah, Zadibal," the spokesman said.
"Imam-I-Hussain (RA) and his family sacrificed their lives for truth and unity of Ummah. Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions refused to accept the hegemony of the oppressors and strived for a righteous cause. They displayed unrelenting resilience, courage and steadfastness. They represent the oppressed, not the oppressors and it is the duty of every Hussaini to identify himself with the oppressed and downtrodden and remain striving against the tyrants and oppressors," Yasin Malik said.
JKLF chairman said, "For the last over 70 years Kashmiris are being oppressed and subjected to torture and torment by world's so-called biggest democracy. Our young ones are killed with impunity, jailed under black laws and humiliated on daily basis. This tyranny has turned our land into Karbala where battle between truth and the false, oppression and the oppressed is going on unabated. Caging young and old is not new in Kashmir but for the last many months hundreds of our young and old are being arrested, slapped with PSA and shifted to jails away from their homes."
"On one hand military, SOG, and Police oppression is going on and on the other hand, farce elections in the name of empowering people on gross root level have been initiated by so-called rulers. We are witnessing a Karbala of modern times and to hide its crimes against humanity and give its illegal control and oppression a legal cover, Indian rulers time and again play election dramas and try to hoodwink international opinion in the name of democracy. But we all should adhere to the principle: no election till right to self-determination, and refrain from participating in any such process that is helping our oppressors," he said.
Condemning the 'onslaught' by police and forces on Ashoora processions in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir, JKLF chairman said, "Ban on religious rituals and acts of faith are direct interference in religion of masses and this act is most undemocratic and condemnable."