Srinagar: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Wednesday condemned the continued incarceration of its chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and others and termed it as “arbitrary, undemocratic and unethical”.
The spokesperson in a statement said that Malik is in police custody from February 22, while as party’s vice chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi is also languishing in police custody. “JKLF district president Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya) is lodged at Srinagar central jail while as district President Gulzar Pahalwan is at Budgam police station. Another JKLF activist Nadeem Ahmad of Pampore has been shifted to Pulwama jail. JKLF zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri is lodged at Kot-Balwal jail along with lifer Sheikh Nazir Ahmad,” he said.
“JKLF leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt was recently slapped with second PSA and shifted to Anantnag sub-Jail. Another JKLF senior member Ghulam Nabi Kashmiri whose PSA was quashed by High Court recently has also been shifted to Anantnag Jail,” he said.
“The spree of arrests amounts to suppression of political dissent by force which is highly undemocratic, unethical and arbitrary,” he added.
Meanwhile, JKLF paid tributes to Farooq Ahmad Dar of Sopore and Tahir Rasool Sofi of Baramullah.
JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal said that Farooq Ahmad was a true warrior, an ideological person and a wise young man who laid down his life for the freedom of his nation. “Freedom movement nourished by the sacred blood of martyrs like Farooq Ahmad Dhobi cannot be defeated by any power,” he said.
While paying tributes to Tahir Rasool Sofi, the JKLF leader said that “Kashmiris will keep striving for the sacred mission for which these great martyrs laid down their lives and embraced martyrdom”.