Force can never defeat people’s passion for freedom’: Malik

SRINAGAR: Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, on Friday said that the force used by the state can never defeat the people’s “passion for freedom”.
Malik, who continues to be in jail following his arrest on July 8, said that New Delhi is in a constant state of denial despite the violence witnessed in the last two weeks.
“But it has been proven time and again that these kind of fascist measures have and will not succeed in breaking the will of Kashmiri people. Despite all that has been going on in Kashmir for the last 15 days, Indian leadership is in a constant state of denial and is trying hard to dub peoples movement in Jammu Kashmir as a sponsored one,” Malik said in a statement issued here.
“A nation is asking for freedom in one voice, a nation is on streets, protesting for its rights with unity and is rendering sacrifices, but the Indian leaders and its Kashmiri stooges instead of putting a halt on their oppressive measures and killing spree are legitimising these killings and undemocratic acts by blaming the protesters.”
Responding to Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement made in the parliament and the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s meeting with the relatives of the victims, the JKLF chairman said that these were the acts of “double speak” and “hypocritical politics”.
“On one hand, one is praising killers and on the other hand another is shedding crocodile tears on the corpses of those killed. This hypocritical politics has actually exposed the real face of India and its Kashmiri stooges and exposed their animosity with the people of Kashmir,” he said.
He castigated the “so-called rulers” for imposing strict curfew during the beak in shutdown provided by the pro-freedom leadership.
Meanwhile, the members of JKLF and Hurriyat Conferences, following the programme given by collective pro-freedom leadership, participated in a joint protest held at Nawabbazar, Srinagar.
“This protest was addressed by JKLF zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri and others. People in large numbers participated in this program and raised slogans in favour of resistance,” the statement said.
It said that JKLF’s zonal senior vice president, Muhammad Yasin Butt, and senior leader, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, were arrested by police when they met jailed Malik in police station Kothibagh.