Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik Friday led a protest march at Aanchar Soura here to express solidarity with Kashmiris languishing in jails and police stations and against the ongoing persecution of Muslims in Myanmar.
“Islam teaches us unity and oneness and if we are able to safeguard our unity and remain steadfast in our struggle, no power on earth can ever defeat us,” Malik said while speaking to people on the occasion.
He said that not many nations have given sacrifices for freedom of their land like Kashmiris. “Only thing we need to do now is to remain steadfast and pursue our goal with fervor, focus and steadfastness,” he said.
Terming Kashmiris languishing in jails and police stations as ‘prisoners of conscience’, Malik said that the biggest democracy and its allies in Jammu and Kashmir have incarcerated thousands of young and old, men and women in the name of peace and law and order. “Black Laws like PSA and investigating agencies like NIA are being used to jail and intimidate people,” he said.
He said that from Tihar jail Delhi to jails in Jammu Kashmir, thousands are being terrorized and tortured that too in the name of democracy.
“Suppressing people’s voice by killing and incarceration is no democracy but worst kind of dictatorship because only oppressive authoritarian regimes keep people in jails and incarceration centers,” he said.
The JKL leader said that India and local government should know that suppression and oppression can never undermine a peoples struggle.
“Instead these kinds of tactics strengthen the resolve and passion of oppressed people,” Malik added.
While condemning the ongoing massacre of Muslims in Rakhine state of Myanmar, Malik said that humans are being killed, raped, looted and persecuted with impunity and state of Myanmar is engaged in ethnic cleansing of an entire nation.
“International community till now has stood as a mere spectator on this mass killing and exodus of humans and this persecution and inaction of the international community is regrettable and most condemnable,” he said.
Expressing solidarity with Muslims in Myanmar, Malik said that Muslims are like one body and one soul and any Muslim facing hardship anywhere in the world should pain us.
Stressing the need for immediate international intervention in this matter, he said that failure of international community in resolving the disputes, issues and matters confronting humans has jeopardized the peace, prosperity and tranquillity of the whole universe.
“If we intend to restore lasting peace and ensure a prosperous world, we will have to shun our policies of negligence, disparity and hypocrisy and work towards the resolution of these disputes and issues,” he said.
Later, Malik led a protest rally against the arrests and persecution of Muslims in Myanmar.