SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik, on Monday said that calling peaceful protesters attackers is an attempt to justify the civilian killings in Kashmir. He said that finance minister of India Arun Jaitley’s statement was actually demonstrating the “colonial mindset of Indian rulers” vis-à-vis Kashmir.
“Brutal killing of yet another Kashmiri youth is a direct consequence of hawkish behavior of Indian rulers,” he said in a statement issued here.
The JKLF chairman condemned the killing of a teenager in old Srinagar.
“During the daytime, Indian finance minister in Jammu was calling Kashmiri protesters as attackers who deserved to be killed, and just after some hours later, blood-thirsty, trigger-happy Indian forces fulfilled his orders by killing another Kashmiri in cold blood,” he said.
He said New Delhi and the state government was suffering from “worst kind of arrogance and vanity”.
Malik said that history bears a witness to the fact that “violence has always been used by India to suppress our legitimate resistance”.
“This is being done by imposing a blanket ban on political peaceful means of resistance, by disallowing political leadership to reach out to the people, and putting political leadership in jails and under house arrests,” he said.
He said that Kashmiri transformation from violence to non-violence started in 2008 and continued in 2010, but “instead of respecting this historical change, India and its stooges crushed it with military might”.
“Now in 2016, this peaceful mode of resistance is again being trampled by military might and people of Jammu Kashmir especially the youth are being pushed to the wall and left with no space for perusing a peaceful resistance,” he said.