Malik says voices choked as police arrest him on way to Kangan

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik on Friday castigated government for choking the voices of pro-freedom people after he was detained on Friday in the city outskirts.
“For the past four months no one has been allowed to even open his tongue in Kashmir. Anyone who attempts to visit some village and meet people is either put under house detention or arrested by police,” Malik said in a statement.
According to the statement, Malik, who was on way to Kangan to address a public gathering after Friday prayers, was intercepted by a police team at Zakura.
It said that besides Malik, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Muhammad Amin Mugloo and others party leaders were also detained.
However, another JKLF delegation led by zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal managed to reach Kangan where he addressed a gathering at central Chowk, the statement said, adding, that a protest rally was also held later against Malik’s arrest.
Malik criticised the government against the “choking of political space and restrictions on peaceful political activities in Jammu Kashmir”.
“A country whose leaders and governments declare Gandhi Ji as their father of nation, celebrate his day and publicise his philosophy of non-violence before the international community with pride have turned Jammu and Kashmir into a ‘big prison’ and where nobody is allowed to speak or act freely and a blanket ban is imposed on all kinds of peaceful activities,” Malik asserted.
He said credit should be given to British rulers who never choked space of Gandhi or any other leader of his time rather facilitated their peaceful activities. “If one looks fairly into history, it was the generosity and democratic approach of the British rulers that along with other things made it possible for the then leaders to continue freely with their struggle and made Gandhi and others popular. Contrary to that, Indian rulers and governments have used the name of Gandhi only to hide their crimes against humanity.”