Arresting leaders for participating in funerals highly condemnable: Malik

Arresting leaders for participating in funerals highly condemnable: Malik
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‘Hurriyat leader Mir Hafizullah victimised for political beliefs’

SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Sunday termed it highly condemnable the slapping of PSA on Jama’at-e-Islami leader Bashir Ahmad Lone and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Muhammad Rafiq Shah Owaisi, saying that incarcerating people for participating in funerals amounts to interference in religious affairs of Muslims.
“Pro-India stooges who deliver sermons of democracy and tolerance on daily basis should feel some shame (over such) anti-people policies,” Malik said in a statement.
He said the ailing JKLF leaders Siraj Ud din Mir and Abdul Rashid Magloo are detained on similar charges. He also condemned the continuous detention of Hurriyat leader Mir Hafizullah who is languishing in jail since 2016.
“These police actions at the orders of political masters shows the level of frustration (the) rulers are suffering from, and is also indicative of their anti-Muslim and anti-Kashmiri attitude,” JKLF chief said. “Indian army, forces and police have been mutilating the dead bodies and using gasoline to burn down properties and houses is also not new, but a ban on participation in funeral prayers and even using black law PSA to detain those who participate in an obligatory religious affair is adding to the ugliness of Indian democracy practised in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Condemning the prolonged incarceration of Mir Hafizullah who since 2016 has been slapped with multiple PSAs, Malik said a peaceful political activist is being “victimised” and “tortured” for his political belief and activities.
“Mir Hafizullah was booked under PSA thrice and high court quashed (the Act) on him twice. His third PSA was revoked by home department on 16 March 2018 and 25 April 2018 respectively; but instead of respecting the court verdict and their own orders, police are not releasing him and have been using every deceit to prolong his incarceration,” Malik added.
JKLF chief said after revocation of his latest PSA, police detained Mir Hafizullah over some new charges and shifted him to police station Anantnag.
“Mir Hafizullah is suffering from multiple ailments. He is diabetic with prostate enlargement problem and lone bread winner of his family which includes four small children,” Malik said.
JKLF chairman appealed to ICRC and other human rights organisations to take cognisance of the prolonged incarceration and the miserable condition of Kashmiri inmates, and demanded early release of Kashmiri political prisoners including Mir Hafizullah.
“Putting people in jails on false and concocted charges should be stopped and international community should realise and fulfil its obligations towards fellow human beings in Kashmir who are facing the wrath of (the) so-called largest democracy known as India,” Malik said.

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