JKLF protests against Gen Rawat’s ‘threatening’ statements, Malik detained

JKLF protests against Gen Rawat’s ‘threatening’ statements, Malik detained
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‘Kashmiris will continue their resistance; India wants to malign 2016 revolution by NIA, ED; Beti Bachao only a slogan’

SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik was detained at Maisuma, Lal Chowk on Friday afternoon when he along with party leaders and activists was leading a protest rally against Indian army chief’s “intimidating” statements on Kashmir and Delhi’s “oppressive” tactics.
A party spokesperson in a statement issued here said JKLF chairman along with party leaders Ghulam Muhammad Dar, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani and Muhammad Afzal Sheikh led a rally from Madeena Chowk, Gawkadal towards Lal Chowk. The protesters raised anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. They broke police cordon and reached Budshah Chowk where police detained Malik and others.
He said JKLF chairman and Ghulam Muhammad Dar were shifted to central jail Srinagar on judicial remand.
Prior to rally and arrest, Maik while talking to media said, “Intimidations and threats by Indian army chief cannot dissuade us from pursuing the path of resistance against illegal Indian occupation. Kashmiris have and will never surrender before might and fascism and our march towards freedom will continue till the achievement of the desired goal.”
JKLF chief said Indian army chief by issuing threatening statements is paving a way for mass killings in Kashmir. “We want to tell the Indian General that he may be following the dictates of Nagpur to kill Kashmiris but he should at the same time remember that enduring oppression is not new for Kashmiris as in past too we have stood firm against Indian state terrorism and oppression,” he said.
Recalling “various attacks by Indian army and agencies” in past, Yasin Malik said, “In 1995, Indian occupational army and forces fired rockets, bullets and bombs at Syed Ali Geelani’s residence in a pursuit to kill him, blasted a truck bomb at Shaheed-I-Hurriyat Khawaja Abdul Gani’s residence and nearly killed him along with his family, placed a bomb in a vehicle in which I along with Syed Ali Geelani and others were travelling from Sopore.”
“I was attacked at Islamabad, Langate and many other places and was nearly murdered. Intellectuals, Ulema and many people in resistance were gunned down in a bid to threat Kashmiris but failed to suppress Kashmiri sentiments.”
Malik said India witnessed only one Jalianwala Bagh massacre but Kashmiris have witnessed many. “Come what may, Kashmiris will continue with their resistance against illegal military occupation,” he said.
Meanwhile, terming the NIA chargesheet against Kashmiri resistance leaders as “bogus and political vendetta”, JKLF chairman said “this is like kidnapping someone to pressurise resistance leaders for having a photo session with designated interlocutor”.
“2016 revolution was a mass rebellion led by JRL but India wants to malign and undermine this people’s revolution by NIA and ED terrorism,” Malik said.
He also condemned the summoning of Dr Bilquees Shah, wife of incarcerated senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Shah by ED, and said this act of Indian agencies can only be termed as “shameless and brazenness”.
Condemning the rape and brutal killing of an eight-old-girl Asifa at Kathua, Jammu, Yasin Malik said, “The savages not only disrupted this innocent child but also killed her in a cold blood which is highly regrettable.”
“The rulers who day in and day out raise slogans like Beti Bachao are in deep slumber and are doing nothing to nab the culprits,” JKLF chairman said and expressed condolence with the bereaved family of Asifa.