Arrests of youth ‘mockery of democracy’: Malik
Srinagar: “Incarcerating thousands of youth, especially students and resistance leaders and activists, in the name of peace and democracy has yet again revealed the ugly face of Indian democracy in Jammu Kashmir,” said JKLF chief Yasin Malik in a statement released on Sunday. Malik, who is in prison in Central Jail Srinagar, strongly condemned the spree of arrests across Kashmir, especially in south Kashmir.
Terming the spree of arrests as “mockery of democracy”, the JKLF chairman said that “one fails to understand what kind of democracy Indians and their stooges are talking and practising when they are not ready to listen to or tolerate any opposite voices and act only to suppress people’s voices by killing, injuring, arresting, intimidating and oppressing.”
Referring to the recent spree of arrests in Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Srinagar and other areas, Malik said that at many places like Nowhata, fathers and other relatives have been arrested in place of their sons and relatives. “What is the crime of parents and families of political activists who are being harassed, arrested in place of their kith and kin, and humiliated by police? Isn’t this moral bankruptcy of the police?” he asked.
The statement said that JKLF leader Muhammad Yasin Butt along with a delegation had gone to a condolence meeting at Nigeen on Sunday, where policemen in civvies tried to arrest him but he somehow managed to flee from the spot. Condemning the police action, Malik said, “This is nothing but state-sponsored terror in practice.”
Reiterating the call for a complete boycott of the upcoming by-elections in Srinagar and Islamabad, Malik asked people to remember the sacrifices of martyrs, and the injured and blinded and the thousands who are in jails and police stations, kept away from casting votes.
In a condolence message, Malik expressed heartfelt grief over the demise of the wife of veteran social leader and businessman Ghulam Mohi ud din Mirza. The deceased was the mother of well-known businessman Jenab Ahsan Mirza. In his message, Malik expressed his condolences to the bereaved family and said that the Mirza family is active on many social and religious fronts and is sympathetic towards the resistance movement. Praying for the heavenly abode of the deceased, Malik also prayed for the Sabr-I-Jamil of the bereaved family.
A delegation comprising JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal, zonal senior vice-president Muhammad Yasin Butt, and senior leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt visited the bereaved family to offer condolences and express solidarity with them.