SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday termed it “fragility and absurdity of so-called Indian democracy” in Jammu Kashmir the alleged handing over of political activists arrested in Anantnag on December 15 to special task force (SOG) and using of “customary illegal police tactics” to prolong their incarceration.
In a statement, Malik said Indian rulers and their Kashmiri “puppets” should feel some shame over the “oppressive” and “undemocratic” acts.
“Handing over of political activists of JKLF and Hurriyat (G) namely Meraj ud din Parray, Mudasir Ahmad, Umer Aadil Dar, Shah Wali Muhammad, Moulana Mudasir Nadwi and Abdul Ahad to special task force (SOG) and using traditional illegal police tactics to prolong their incarceration is worst form of intimidation,” Malik said.
JKLF chairman said last month the finance minister of India Arun Jaitley and others issued press statements about “defeating” the resistance movement in Jammu Kashmir. “These Indian ministers boastfully claimed that whole Jammu Kashmir was with India and that no one was with resistance movement here. The joint resistance leadership while reciprocating these statements on November 23 announced to hold a peaceful public rally in Islamabad (Anantnag) and said it was a litmus test for the so-called Indian democracy and if Indian ministers and their Kashmiri stooges really believed in democracy and had faith in their own claims (should) allow this public meeting,” he said.
“The arrogant Indian rulers and their Kashmiri puppets led by PDP chose to ban the public rally and arrested me and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq along with many others and kept Syed Ali Geelani under house arrest as usual. Not only this, police also clamped a stringent curfew in Srinagar and whole of south Kashmir and arrested scores of people including the above mentioned activists and thus banned the democratic program.”
“This was a clear proof that Indian leadership and their local stooges have no guts to compete with the resistance camp on political front and only believe in suppressing the people’s voices with military and police might,” Malik said.
He also condemned the slapping of public safety act (PSA) on JKLF activist namely Showkat Ahmad Bhat in Banderpora, Bijebihara who has been shifted to Kathua jail. “Thousands of young and old have been put in jails and police stations by the so-called democrats, which (shows) a glaring example of the tyrannical behaviour and undemocratic attitude of India and its local stooges,” he said.
Meanwhile, JKLF leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt led a delegation to Kupwara and paid rich tributes to slain cab driver Asif Iqbal. Party’s district president Pulwama Javiad Ahmad Butt led a delegation to Batmuran, Shopian and participated in the funeral prayers of a lady Ruby Jan. He also visited the bereaved family of slain militant Tanveer Ahmad and expressed solidarity with them.
At both places, JKLF leaders while addressing people said the “sacred blood of these martyrs will never go in vain and their mission will be taken forward at all costs”.