Malik released, lauds people for ‘poll boycott’

Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik Saturday thanked the people of Kashmir for their “exemplary election boycott and show of unity” after he was released from police custody.
Malik, who had been detained along with several of his aides on April 17, said that the boycott had once again shown the “commitment of Kashmiris towards the freedom struggle.”
“Despite brute use of force by Indian forces, people of Kashmir stood firm for the cause and exhibited their passion and zeal for freedom,” Malik said in a statement.
“Democracy means respecting people’s voices and choice but here people’s voices and dissent is met with brute force and oppressive measures and that too in the name of so-called democracy,” Malik said.
He added that “arrest of thousands of innocent youth, mostly students and subjecting them to violence and inhuman behavior are glaring examples of the anti- democratic attitude of rulers.”
“Indian rulers and their forces must know that the torture and unilateral violence against innocent youth was like pushing Kashmiris to the wall and it had in past not and will never in future also bear any fruit. The will of the people cannot be suppressed by use of brute force and no freedom movement had ever been defeated by force and acts of tyranny,” he said.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the pro-independence group said that many JKLF leaders and activists continue to remain in police custody.