Peaceful political activities ‘choked’ in Kashmir: JKLF

Peaceful political activities ‘choked’ in Kashmir: JKLF
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‘Have guts to allow peaceful political dissent’

SRINAGAR: Condemning the ongoing “military and police oppression” across Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday alleged that “police and other occupational forces” had “choked” every little space of peaceful political activities in Kashmir.

Terming the spree of arrests and nocturnal raids as “utmost cowardice and dictatorial”, JKLF chairman said that this only showed the “level of frustration so-called rulers and police” were suffering from, a spokesperson quoting Malik, who is admitted at Soura medical institute under police custody, in a statement issued here said.

Malik said stopping candlelight protests against human rights abuses and unleashing a spree of arrests showed the “spinelessness of so-called biggest [sic] democracy”.

“Even mourning and expressing grief has been banned by police and authorities and all this undemocratic and dictatorial job is being done in the name of democracy and peace,” he alleged, challenging government forces to “have guts to allow peaceful political dissent and peaceful protests”.

Following JRL programme, JKLF leaders and activists on fourth consecutive day held peaceful candlelight protests against ongoing Indian aggression against Kashmiris, the spokesperson said.

“JKLF leaders and activists gathered at Chatabal Veer, Bemina Crossing and Harkar Molla Budgam and held candlelight protests after Magrib prayers. Similar protests were held at Chota Bazar Srinagar also. People from different walks of life also attended the programme,” he said.

Holding torches and candles, the protesters raised slogans against “growing and ongoing Indian state terrorism in Kashmir”, he added.

Various JKLF leaders also addressed the protesters and delivered a message from the ailing JKLF chairman to them.

Condemning the arrest of social activists from Koker-Bazar Shakil Ahmad Batkoo and Shabir Ahmad Dabla by police, JKLF chairman further alleged that “yesterday (on Wednesday), Chairman Kashmir Economic Alliance, Muhammad Yasin Khan and toady (on Thursday) another trade union leader Farooq Ahmad Dar and many others have been arrested by police to put a halt on ongoing peoples protest against human rights abuses”.

Meanwhile, JKLF chairman paid tributes to Ghulam Hassan Bhat alias Yawar Khan, Ishtiaq Ahmed Bukhari alias Badshah Khan and Abdul Rashid Dar on their anniversary.

Recalling the sacrifices of Yawar Khan and others, JKLF chairman said that their sacrifices will never go in vain. Malik said, “These martyrs are our real heroes and we will Insha-Allah take their mission to its logical end,” the spokesperson said.

JKLF also paid rich tributes to activist Ghulam Rasool Hazari on his death anniversary. Terming Ghulam Rasool as a “selfless man and passionate freedom seeker”, JKLF chairman prayed for his heavenly abode, he added.