Ban on Muharam procession and mourning most undemocratic, unethical and direct interference in religious affairs of Muslims // Muhammad Yasin Malik
Srinagar// 29h September 2017) JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has been arrested by police today ahead of 10th Muharram and immediately shifted to central jail Srinagar on a judicial remand. Police toady morning raided the office of JKLF at Abai Guzar and arrested JKLF chairman along with JKLF zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri. Both were immediately shifted to central jail Srinagar on a 4 day judicial remand. Before his arrest, JKLF chairman talked to media person present outside JKLF office and said that Kashmir has been turned into a military garrison where every human and democratic right of people has been snapped and snatched by the occupational authorities. JKLF chairman said that from 1985, to promote unity and harmony among Muslims, he along with other youth in resistance have been participating in Ashoora programs. Our participation in such programs has always been helpful and appreciated by every sane person of the society but it is the so-called rulers and their police that gets unnerved by unity and harmony among Kashmiri Muslims and from last some years I am being arrested and put behind bars on this occasion, said Yasin Malik who was scheduled to participate in Aashoora programs at Maisuma and Zadibal on 9th and 10th Muharam. Terming the ban on Muharam procession and mourning as most undemocratic, unethical and direct interference in religious affairs of Muslims, JKLF chairman said that ban on Muharram programs is actually a glaring example of apathy and double standard of fascists who want to curb every voice of dissent with military and police force and tyranny. He said that in Kashmir blanket ban has been imposed on every religious, political, social and human activity. Even mourning on dead ones and participating in condolence meetings stands banned. All this is being done in the name of democracy, peace and restoring law and order and other slogans like these. He said that using undemocratic means to deny people their democratic rights is only naked fascism of so-called rulers but everyone should recognize that fascism, tyranny, illegal occupation and other evil deeds have very little life and undergoing defeat is its final fate. So-called rulers and their masters should know that their oppressive measures can never break our will and resolve; instead these harsh measures strengthen our belief and resolve in resistance, said Yasin Malik.
Meanwhile JKLF has expressed its grief and sorrow over the sad demise of mother of JKLF martyr Tariq Ahmad Dar of Nasrullahpora Budgam. A JKLF delegation visited Budgam and participated in the funeral prayers of the deceased mother. JKLF expresses solidarity with the bereaved family and prays for her heavenly abode.