SRINAGAR: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Wednesday said “jails are our second home and enduring torture and torment is our passion”. The reaction came in wake of the shifting of party’s incarcerated chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik from Kathua jail Jammu to Delhi’s Tihar jail and getting remand for his custody up to April 22.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday arrested Yasin Malik in connection with a case related to militancy funding in Jammu and Kashmir.
Malik was on Wednesday produced before a court in Delhi which sent him to NIA custody till April 22 after the agency sought his custodial interrogation in connection with the case.
JKLF acting chairman Abdul Hameed Butt in a statement said “such tactics cannot and will never deter us and the Kashmiri nation who have rendered unflinching sacrifices for the cause of their freedom and right to self-determination”.
“Ironically this dictatorship is going on under the garb of so-called biggest democracy and more irony is that international community is watching all this as a mute spectator,” Butt said.
Abdul Hameed Butt said JKLF after choosing the path of unarmed, non-violent and peaceful mode of struggle in 1994 has remained wedded to the decision.
“Even after announcement of unilateral ceasefire, more than 600 party members were martyred and numerous attempts were made to eliminate Yasin Malik,” he said.
He said JKLF “is an ideology preached by the father of our nation Muhammad Maqbool Butt who spent many years in Tihar Jail, and was hanged and buried there”.
“Yasin Malik himself has been to Tihar many times, spent many years of his life there but has not and will never budge before Indian hegemony,” Butt said.