Srinagar, 7 September: claims of democracy and continued tyranny and oppression against unarmed civilians and peaceful political resistance can never go side by side .Jammu Kashmir is a state run by police might and killing innocent humans, arresting peaceful political activists and leaders has become a normal here. This was stated by the chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik in a press statement issued today. JKLF activists and leaders toady staged a peaceful protest against continuing crackdowns, brutal killings, spree of arrests and oppression unleashed against Kashmiri inmates.
JKLF leaders and activists including JKLF leaders and activists along with people from many walks of life today gathered at Maisuma Lal Chowk and staged a peaceful protest against the ongoing Crackdowns in the name of CASO, brutal killings, spree of arrests, suppression of Kashmiri inmates languishing in various Indian jails and the jails of Jammu Kashmir, beating people during CASO and other oppressive acts by Indian occupation in Kashmir valley especially the southern districts. JKLF leaders advocate Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Showkat Bakhshi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Muhammad Zaman Mir, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Ashraf Bin Salam, Ghulam Muhammad Dar, professor Javed, Mehraj Din parry and others gathered near Budshah Chowk Lal Chowk and staged a peaceful protest against the unrelenting oppression on Kashmiris by Indian colonial forces. Holding placards in their hands and raising slogans in favor of martyrs and prisoners and against ongoing crackdowns, JKLF leaders and activists marched towards Lal chowk and staged a peaceful sit-in near Budshah Chowk. This sit-in was addressed by various JKLF leaders. This is pertinent to mention that this protest was organized at the call of joint resistance leadership and besides JKLF leaders and activists’, people in large numbers participated in this protest.
Meanwhile JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing repression in Jammu Kashmir especially in the south and north of Kashmir valley, said that on one hand Indian rulers and their Kashmiri stooges claim and propagate democracy and on the other hand suppressing peoples voices through military and police might is continuing. He said that claims of democracy and continuous tyranny and oppression against unarmed civilians and peaceful political resistance can never go side by side .JKLF chairman said that Jammu Kashmir is a state run by police might and killing innocent humans, arresting peaceful political activists and leaders has become a normal here.
He said that only few days ago Pulwama witnessed a blood bath where dozens of villages were cordoned by Indian occupational forces. JKLF chairman said that beating people, vandalizing their properties, humiliating honorable citizens has become a new normal for Indian colonial forces who have no respect for human life or dignity. JKLF chairman said that during crackdown in Pulwama, trigger happy forces opened fire on civilians killing one more Kashmiri youth Fayaz Ahmad of Chewa Kalan Pulwama on spot and injuring dozens more. This killing spree is a well-devised plan of Indian occupation and its soul aim is to inflict more harm and injury to Kashmiris, intimidate them and force them into submission in front of the illegal occupation, said JKLF chairman. He said that crackdowns have become a daily routine and during these military operations, beating common people without the discrimination of age and gender, arresting, torturing and humiliating innocents, vandalizing and destroying properties, blasting and burning down residential houses and private vehicles has increased at an alarming proportion which is highly condemnable . JKLF chairman said that killings, arrests, lootings and shootings cannot put a nation into submission which has resolved to fight for its freedom and dignity. Indian rulers must realize that People of Jammu Kashmir cannot be put into submission by these tyrannical acts and killings. In fact our resolve to achieve freedom and right to self-determination gets strengthen by this oppression, asserted JKLF chief.
JKLF chairman said that Kashmiris are facing worst apathy in Indian jails like Tihar jail, Mandawali Jail Delhi and jails of Jammu Kashmir including Udhampor jail, Khutua Jail, Hiranagar jail, Amphala jail Jammu, Srinagar central jail, Mattan Jail, Baramullah Jail, Kupwara jail, Kot-Balwal jail and other incarceration centers. He said that India being a signatory to the Geneva Convention on prisoners was supposed to adhere to the international law but contrary to this, India is employing every oppressive means to inflict more and more harm to these inmates and suppressing them ruthlessly. He said that torturing inmates, putting them in solitary confinements and cells, humiliating their visitors have become common practice of authorities in jails. While condemning the prolonged incarceration of JKLF leaders Sheikh Nazir Ahmad ,Siraj Ud dIn Mir, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Abdul Rashid Magloo, Ghulam Nabi Kashmiri and Moulana Sarjan Barakati who are languishing in different Jails under PSA or other black laws, JKLF chairman said that slapping repeated PSA’s, employing police tactics to prolong incarceration of prisoners, using agencies like NIA, ED to put Kashmiris in Indian jails, shifting lifers and other detainees from Kashmiri jails to jails in Jammu, denying proper medical facilities’ to inmates , torturing, beating, putting them into solitary confinements, keeping them naked inside prison cells, humiliating and torturing their kith and kin who come to see them at jails and other incarceration centers and other oppressive measures like these have become a routine in Jammu Kashmir and it is the obligation of the international community, human rights organizations, civil societies, ,International Red cross (ICRC) and others to take note of this , intervene to safeguard the rights of these prisoners of conscience and use their good offices to get them released from incarceration.