Srinagar: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday said killing civilians in the garb of armed encounters amounts to “state sponsored terrorism” and that the “intimidating” statement of Army chief, ministers and police “are like encouraging this ugly trend”.
In a statement issued here, Malik said people of Jammu Kashmir have been striving for their freedom from occupation and their sentiments are well known. “As the overwhelming majority of Kashmir stands with the cause of freedom, the recent statements by Indian officials are actually a direct threat to Kashmiris,” he said.
“Today Indian army chief, ministers, and other officials by issuing such ridiculous and threatening statements want to repeat the 1990s era and push thousands of peaceful resistance lovers towards armed struggle. This indicates their lack of political maturity and human sensitivity,” he said.
Meanwhile, as per the programme of joint resistance leadership, JKLF leaders and activists along with people staged a peaceful protest sit-in at Budshah Chowk, Lal Chowk against the “recent upsurge in civilian killings by Indian forces”.
During the sit-in, JKLF leaders said, “Civilian killings and massacres can not deter us from pursuing the path of freedom and resistance.”