Pattan killings: Malik, others continue to be under detention, Hurriyat (G) calls for international probe

Pattan killings: Malik, others continue to be under detention, Hurriyat (G) calls for international probe

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik continues to remain under detention in Sopore police station after he was arrested at Sangrama area of north Kashmir on Tuesday.
In a statement, a spokesman said that Malik along with other leaders including Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Muhammad Amin (Mugal) and Shabir Ahmad Dabla were detained as they were travelling towards Sopore.
He said that by detaining Malik and others, the government has proved that they have “put a blanket ban on peaceful political activities and is promoting violence and pushing Kashmiris to the wall”.
Terming the killing of the three youth as government’s “sinister design” to “divide people”, the Jama’at-e-Islami Wednesday appealed people to maintain mutual harmony and brotherhood at all costs.
“The sinister design to divide the people got miserably foiled as the story propagated by the government agencies was totally rejected by people,” Jama’at’s political bureau head and spokesperson, Advocate Zahid Ali Lone, according to a statement, said while addressing a gathering at the residence of one of the slain youth.
Lone termed killings as “gruesome and barbaric” and paid tributes to the slain youth.
He was accompanied by former district head, Baramulla, Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, Sheikh Muhammad Yousuf and Ghulam Muhammad Mir.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) has called for a probe into the Pattan killings by an independent International agency. “Indian forces, for the past 26 years, have been killing Kashmiri youths in a planned manner. Until the perpetrators involved in the serious war crimes in Kashmir are held accountable and are punished for their crimes, Kashmir will continue to lose precious human lives,” a party spokesman said in a statement.
He also thanked people for observing complete shutdown against the killings.
He also said that Hurriyat conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has completed 150 days under house detention while as senior leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Sayed Agha Hassan have also been imprisoned in their home.
Condemning the government action, the spokesman said that Jammu & Kashmir is “practically ruled by the army and police and the state law and constitution has been deliberately suspended here”.
Dukatar-e-Millat, in a statement, also said that the party president, Syeda Asiya Andrabi, also continues to remain under house detention.
Senior pro-freedom leader, Yaseen Attai, in a statement, paid tributes to the slain youth.
National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan praised the people for observing shutdown on Wednesday.
“India is using all sorts of tactics to curb and contain the freedom struggle of Kashmiri people, however, it is not possible unless and until the Kashmiris are given their right to self determination,” he said in a statement.
He also condemned the police action against peoplee in various areas, who were protesting the killings of the three youth.

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