SRINAGAR: Terming threat calls to some writers and columnists as unfortunate and unwanted, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik Friday said such things cause damage to society in general.
In a statement, Malik, who has been placed under house arrest fromThursday night, said that “if any one takes a look into the past history of Jammu and Kashmir, he will surely find JKLF and its leadership at the receiving end.”
Malik said that much was also written against JKLF and most of the times it was because of the writers’ personal venom, ideological differences or because of some organizational differences.
“We admit that in past we as a Front and some people related to us reacted badly and used bad language and other acts against some of these writers but it always proved harmful and because of our bad attitude we instead of gaining something proved our competitor right and made him as an oppressed in the eyes of public,” Malik said.
He further said that “we learned from our behavior and resolved that we instead of behaving emotionally should also answer these critiques and let people decide who is right and who is wrong.”
“Shunning negativism and adopting positive attitude is a healthy sign and should be appreciated at all levels,” Malik said, adding “Instead of abusing or intimidating anyone reply should be given in a decent way so that masses could be apprised about the facts and thus promote a culture of positive and healthy debate which is a much needed virtue for civilized societies.”
Malik said that if a columnist or scribe writes against someone that, in his eyes is false or based on bias discrimination, he has a right to reply but that should be in the same manner and in a civilized way.”
Malik also appealed the civil society, writers, columnists, journalists and thinkers to maintain objectivity, facts and neutrality and not to be driven by their personal vendetta, liking or dislike.
“At the same time political parties, leaders, activists and others should tolerate criticism,” Malik said, adding “They have to be rational and polite in their approach and if necessary should reply decently so that a healthy trend of positive debate is promoted in our society.”