Malik condemns harassment of witnesses in Tahir Sofi’s killing

Srinagar: JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik on Monday condemned alleged harassment of witnesses in the “cold-blooded murder” of young scholar Tahir Rasool Sofi of Baramulla in 2013.
“Harassment of those who appeared as witness before the commission (of enquiry) is another glaring example of this deception and oppressive behavior of India and its Kashmiri puppets,” Malik, according to a statement said while speaking to delegation from Baramulla that met him here.
“Delegation apprised Yasin about the happenings in Tahir Sofi’s case and said that after the cold-blooded murder, rulers succumbed before peoples protest and announced a magisterial inquiry into the killing. Government asked witnesses to stand before the commission and five people who are eyewitness to this incident presented themselves before the said commission.
“After their testimony these five people faced wrath of police and other forces. Their houses were raided and two of them namely Javed Hussain Najar and Zubair Bashir Bhat have been arrested and charges of stone pelting have been leveled against them. Three others are also being continuously harassed. This all is being done to make sure that nobody stands a witness against the brutal forces who killed Tahir Sofi,” the statement said.
Speaking on the occasion, Malik said that this has been an “old gimmick and deceptive practice of Indian rulers and their Kashmiri puppets to announce enquiries and commissions and hush up the cold-blooded murders and other human rights violations by Indian forces. From 2008 to 2011 and 2013 hundreds were killed by Indian forces and police and after massive protests rulers announced enquiries but till date no one has been booked or penalized for his criminal act. Instead of booking the killers in uniform, police and authorities made the lives of those who protested against these killings hell by arresting them under black laws.”
Meanwhile, Malik has paid rich tributes to his friend and one of the pioneers of the struggle in Poonch, late Syed Sarwar Hussain advocate of Surankote, Poonch. While remembering the struggle and sacrifices of late Sarwar, Malik termed him a sincere leader “who fought for the independence of Jammu Kashmir for whole life”.