Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday said that gallows, life imprisonments, curfews, arrests, intimidations and threats will never succeed in breaking the will of Kashmiris and their urge for freedom. In a statement to pay tribute to Muhammad Afzal Guru who was hanged in Delhi’s Tihar jail four years ago, Malik said the hanging was “glaring example of Indian judicial bias against Kashmiris.”
Malik said Afzal was hanged by Indian judicial system to satisfy the “collective conscience of Indians” which itself speaks volumes about the “sham judgment”.
He said great Kashmiri ideologue Muhammad Maqbool Butt was also hanged without being given a fair trial by Indian state. “The Indian state not only illegally hanged martyrs Maqbool and Afzal in Tihar jail but also denied them a proper burial by burying them inside the jail premises,” Malik said in a statement.
“The height of shamelessness of this so-called biggest democracy is that it even disallowed these martyrs one last chance of meeting their loved ones,” Malik said.
Thanking people for a complete shutdown on February 9, Malik said he would lead a protest rally at Lal Chowk on Friday as per the programme announced by the joint resistance leadership.