SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday said harassment and suspension of Kashmir students at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) amounts to persecution of Kashmiris in the name of “so-called” Indian national interest.
In a statement, Malik said, “Throwing students out of educational institution and thus depriving them (of) education is worst dictatorship and travesty of democracy.”
“The suspension and removal of four students at Aligarh Muslim University for allegedly offering funeral prayers in absentia for their former colleague, is a shameful act,” he said.
JKLF chief added, “Indian rulers, their authorities, media, vice chancellors, police, agencies and forces who have all turned into viceroys of new age should introspect and visit the history of India’s freedom movement so that they can (gain) some humility and envisage the value of freedom fighters.”
“By suspending these students and scholars for offering prayers for a fellow scholar, you are pushing them to the wall and asking them to tread path of ultimate sacrifice. Isn’t this a criminal act of the state and isn’t this promoting violence,” Malik questioned.
He said Kashmiris stand behind their new generation and students and reject these “acts of persecution” by Government of India.
“We appeal to the international community to intervene and ask Indian state to refrain from this bullying,” JKLF chief said.
Meanwhile, the JKLF statement said that party chairman Malik along with other leaders Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Javed Ahmad Mir and Nisar Hussain Rather is languishing in Kothi Bagh police station.
Police on Monday arrested another JKLF activist Mushtaq Ahmad Wani from Koreg, Ganderbal, the statement added.