Malik, others arrested at Lal Chowk

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik along with scores of the amalgam leaders were Friday arrested at Budshah Chowk Lal Chowk, a spokesman said.

The JKLF spokesman said that Malik along with Ghulam Muhammad Dar, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani and Muhammad Afzal sheikh were arrested when the amalgam chief was leading a protest rally against Army Chief’s intimidating statements and other ‘Indian oppressive tactics’.

The spokesman said that the participants of the rally called by JRL, displaying placards and raising slogans marched towards Lal Chowk where police and forces in large numbers halted their march.

Participants on the occasion gave stiff resistance and broke police cordon and reached at Budshah Chowk, spokesman said.

“After using brutal force, police arrested JKLF chairman and others. Later JKLF chairman and Ghulam Muhammad Dar were shifted to central jail Srinagar on a judicial remand,” the statement added.  

Prior to the rally and arrest, Malik while talking to media said that “intimidations and threats by Army Chief cannot dissuade us from pursuing the path of resistance against illegal Indian occupation.”

He said that “Kashmiris have and will never surrender before might and fascism and our march towards freedom will continue till the achievement of the desired goal.”

Malik said that by issuing statements threatening political struggle in Kashmir, Army Chief General Rawat is actually paving a way for mass killings in Kashmir. “We want to tell 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.”

Recalling various attacks by Army and agencies in past, Malik said that “in 1995 Indian occupational army and forces fired rockets, bullets and bombs at Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s residence in a pursuit to kill him, Indian army blasted a Truck Bomb Shaheed-I-Hurriyat khawaja Abdul Gani’s residence and nearly killed him along with his family, a bomb was placed in a vehicle in which me (Yasin Malik), Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others were travelling from Sopore. I was attacked at Islamabad, Langeth and many other places and nearly murdered.”

He said that intellectuals, Ulema and many people in resistance were gunned down in a bid to threat Kashmiris but failed to suppress Kashmiri sentiments.

JKLF chairman said that from last many decades, Army and forces killed thousands of Kashmiris, every nook and corner of this land is soaked with the blood of martyrs and graveyards of these martyrs lie in every village and town.

Malik said that forces arrested and tortured thousands, thousands stand disappeared in their custody, thousands have been deprived of their eyesight by pellet terrorism, and thousands have been crippled for whole life by bullets and shells and this oppression is going on unabated till now.

He said that Indian’s witnessed only one Jalianwala Bagh but Kashmiris have witnessed many till now and Army Chief must realize that all these despotic tactics have failed to cow-down Kashmiris in past and will fail in future too because suppressing a peoples movement by military might is never possible.

Reciting famous Urdu couplets, Malik said that come what may, Kashmiris will continue with their resistance against illegal military occupation and no stone will be left unturned in the way.

Terming the NIA charge-sheet against many resistance leaders as bogus and political vendetta, Malik said that this is like kidnapping someone to pressurize 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 peoples revolution by NIA and ED terrorism,” added Malik.

Condemning the summoning of Dr Bilquees Shah, wife of incarcerated senior resistance leader Syed Shabir Ahmad Shah by ED, Malik said that this act of Indian agencies can only be termed as ‘shameless and brazenness’.

While condemning the disrespect and brutal killing of an eight old girl Asifa at Khutwa Jammu, Malik said that “savages not only disrupted this innocent child but killed her too in cold blood which is highly regrettable.”

He said that rulers who day in and day out raise slogans like Beti-Bechaw are in deep slumber and doing nothing to nab culprits.

Expressing condolences to the bereaved family of this innocent girl, Malik prayed for her heavenly abode.

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