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SRINAGAR: Terming the threat of economic blockade of Kashmir valley by  rightwing Hindu organisation, Vishva Hindu Parishad, as “communal intimidation”,   Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik on Monday said that these threats should serve as an eye-opener for the international community.
“Kashmiri Muslims, who have sacrificed more than hundred thousand lives for freedom, cannot be frightened by such mean tactics and we will remain steadfast to our religious belief and freedom struggle,” Malik, according to a statement, said while addressing a gathering at Khanqah-e-Moula here.
“The PDP-led government, at the behest of RSS, has spread an atmosphere of terror in Jammu and Kashmir. No one is allowed to talk and a blanket ban has been imposed on even showing sympathy to bereaved families,” he alleged.
He said nocturnal raids, arrests, restrictions, intimidations and other “oppressive means have become an order of the day”.
“The criminal silence of international community and Indian civil society on this oppression is very painful,” he added.
Coming down heavily on Kashmiri writers, Malik said, “The silence of Kashmiri writers, columnists, members of civil society is more painful. These people, probably, aren’t finding courage to write about the oppressive behavior of the so-called rulers”.
He said that Kashmiris are politically mature now. “They recognise their friends and enemies and cannot be fooled by hypocritical politics of these so-called rulers.”
Earlier, according to the statement, Malik  paid tributes to Shah-e-Hamdan,  Mir Syed Ali Hamdani (RA).
He said that the saint not only led Kashmiris on the spiritual front but also brought a revolution in economy here. “Today, we remember that Shah-e-Hamdan (RA) taught us self respect and led us to economic freedom. This is why Allama Iqbal gave him the title of Salar-e-Ajam.”
Malik said that Kashmiris have forgotten the holy teachings of their great ancestors. “The teachings regarding self respect and economic independence were put aside and today our youth are being humiliated as they are only after government jobs.”