Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Wednesday took out a march against unabated killings by government forces in Kashmir. The pro-freedom outfit also condemned the arrest of Prof SAR Geelani and the harassment of students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) by Delhi police. The J&K police, in retaliation, prevented the march from progressing and detained several JKLF activists.
Reports said hundreds of people gathered at Abi Guzar chowk and offered funeral prayers in absentia for late Zikra Maqbool, widow of JKLF founder Maqbool Bhat, who passed away in Karachi on Tuesday.
Protestors led by JKLF Vice Chairman advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat raised slogans against the recent killings in Pulwama. The protesters marched towards Lal Chowk but were stopped by police, who used force to disperse them. More than a dozen JKLF activists were taken into custody and detained at Kothi Bagh police station.
Bhat, speaking to the media, said the JKLF was raising its voice against “Indian oppression and the unabated killing spree in Kashmir. What was the sin of innocent daughter of Kashmir Shaheeda Shaista and teenager Danish Mir (killed by Indian forces recently)? Why are Kashmiri youths being killed and why is the international community silent on these killings?” Bhat asked. He said this killing spree cannot be tolerated and Kashmiris would resist this “genocide with passion and valor”.
Hundreds of people participated in the funeral prayers of the widow of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat. Leaders and representatives of many resistance parties including ISL chief Shakil Ahmad Bakhshi, APHC (M) representatives Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Jafer Kashmiri, DPM chairman (Firdous Ahmad Shah), DPM leader Yaar Muhammad Khan, mass movement leader Molvi Bashir Ahmad, freedom league leader M Altaf Khan, JKLF (R) leader Wajahat Quraishee, Muhammad Shafi of the National Front, and senior resistance leaders Professor Sheikh and Muhammad Yousuf Gilkar. The funeral prayers were led by JKLF leader Showkat Ahmad Bakshi.
Along with Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Professor Javed, Syed Nisar Jeelani, Muhammad Azeem Zargar, Ghulam Rasool Hazari, Ali Muhammad, Shakir Ahmad Aahnagar, and Muhammad Afzal Sheikh were detained during the protest march.