Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) said the party staged a protest in Srinagar on Friday on call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against the civilian killings and plight of Kashmiri inmates in different jails.
In a statement, a spokesperson said, “Soon after the culmination of Friday prayers at Maisuma in Srinagar, scores of activists of JKLF led by senior front leaders took out a protest march on the call of the JRL against the crackdowns, civilian killings, beating people during CASO especially the south Kashmir and plight of Kashmiri inmates.”
“Holding placards in their hands and raising slogans in favor of martyrs and prisoners and against ongoing crackdowns, JKLF leaders and activists marched towards the Lal chowk and staged a peaceful sit-in near Budshah Chowk where various party leaders addressed the gathering,” he added.
JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik while terming the protest as reaction to recent civilian killings and crackdowns, in a statement said, “Killing innocent civilians, arresting political activists and leaders has become a normal here,” adding, “Recently in Pulwama, dozens of villages were cordoned by the government forces and scores were injured during the operation and one youth Fayaz Ahmad was killed.”
Malik condemned the use of force on civilians and said its “soul aim is to inflict more harm and injury to Kashmiris, intimidate them and force them into submission”.
He said that Kashmiri detainees are facing worst apathy in jails and said, “India being a signatory to the Geneva Convention on prisoners was supposed to adhere to the international law.”
However, Malik condemned the prolonged incarceration of JKLF leaders, and said it is the obligation of the international community, human rights organizations, civil societies, International Red cross (ICRC) to intervene into this rights violations and to safeguard the rights of these prisoners of conscience.