Attacking journalists sign of growing frustration: JKLF

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By Fast Kashmir on 16/03/2017. 1 Comment

Attacking journalists sign of growing frustration: JKLF

Delegation reaches Haihama, condemns firing on civilians

Srinagar, Mar 16: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation front on Thursday said that stopping leaders from a simple meeting, attacking media and stopping them from covering press conference are glaring example of sham democracy being practiced by India and its stooges in Jammu Kashmir. We strongly condemn the arrest of Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), chairman APHC (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Chairman APHC (M) Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq. 
Terming the arrest of three leaders and stopping their press conference as most undemocratic, unethical and glaring example of sham democracy practiced by India and its stooges in Jammu Kashmir, spokesman said that how can people who use police force to stop simple meetings between people, their media talk and even their movements call themselves democratic and champions of peace and progress. 
He said that shameless rulers and their police took ailing Syed Ali shah Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Muhammad Umer Farooq into illegal custody and even attacked and injured media person including senior photo journalist Tawseef Mustafa, GK photojournalist Mubashir Khan and others. This shows the height of frustration so-called rulers and their police are suffering from, asserted JKLF. Choking every little space on peaceful political activities, barring people from meeting one another, suppressing people’s voices by arrests, nocturnal raids, use of black laws and other oppressive measures is no democracy but unilateral state sponsored violence. This is also like conceding a defeat much before the contest, added JKLF. 
Spokesman said that if so-called rulers and their authorities have any faith in high principles like democracy, openness and freedom of speech, they should show some guts and refrain from using military and police might against peaceful political leaders and activists and allow peaceful political activities in Jammu Kashmir. 
Meanwhile JKLF has strongly condemned the unproved firing on civilians at Haihama Kupwara in which one seven year old girl Kaneeza embraced martyrdom and many other including her two brothers were injured. JKLF senior leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt along with Farooq Ahmad Jangli and Abdul Aziz today reached Kuninaar Batpora Haihama and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. 
People told JKLF delegation that forces started firing without any warning and civilians were their main target. This unprovoked firing not only killed a child but injured many others. JKLF leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt while expressing solidarity with the bereaved family of Kaneeza condemned the callous attitude of Indian forces. While paying tributes to martyrs, Zahoor Ahmad Butt also prayed for the speedy recovery of those injured. (KNS)


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