‘Harsh measures make us more resilient’
SRINAGAR: Police on Monday arrested Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik and shifted him to central jail Srinagar, a party spokesperson said.
“Police today morning cordoned the residence of Yasin Malik and arrested him,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “He was immediately shifted to central jail Srinagar.”
He said JKLF’s Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya), Ghulam Geelani Rather, Fayaz Ahmad Mir and Mushtaq Ahmad Wani have already been arrested by police.
Condemning these arrests, the spokesperson said a blanket ban on peaceful political activities of resistance leaders, arresting Yasin Malik and placing Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest has become a common practice of “so-called rulers and their Indian masters who (lack) courage to fight resistance camp politically”.
Meanwhile, prior to arrest, JKLF chief in a statement said, “A blanket ban on political activities, incarceration of thousands of old, young, women, men specially –abled, ailing and minors, reign of terror and torture unleashed throughout the nook and corner of south and north of Kashmir Valley, are actually glaring examples of Indian state terrorism in Jammu Kashmir.”
“Indian leaders should realise that Kashmiris despite all these oppressive measures will continue with their resistance till the achievement of the sacred goal,” Malik said. “It is our firm belief that sooner or later, India will also have to bow before Kashmiri people’s resistance and accept their right of self determination.”
Expressing serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in jails and incarceration centers, JKLF chief said, “Thousands of young and old have been put behind bars under black laws. Similarly, NIA and ED are being used to put more people including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Din Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Kamran Yousuf , Javid Ahmad and Shahid Yousuf in Tihar jail.”
“All this is being done to terrorise and intimidate Kashmiris so that their resistance is defeated or weakened. (Such) harsh measures in fact make us more resilient and strong and rejuvenate our passion to fight for freedom,” Malik said. “Our unity and continuous struggle will surely defeat the designs of our enemies and our oppressed nation will surely achieve its desired goal.”