Srinagar, 25 February: suppression of peaceful political dissent by police and army equivalent to imposition of martial law. Putting peaceful political activists, religious, social leaders behind bars and choking space on political activities cannot put nation of Kashmir into submission. This was stated by JKLF while condemning the ongoing police and army crackdown against political and religious organizations and leaders. It is worth to mention that JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested by police on 22nd February 2019 while as JKLF district president Ganderbal Bashir Ahmad Rather (Boya), district president Budgam Gulzar Ahmad Pahalwan along with activist Mushtaq Ahmad Wani are also in police custody. Police accompanied by CRPF last night and today morning raided the residences of JKLF vice chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and zonal vice president Muhammad Yasin Butt ,harassed their families and relatives. It should be noted that the residence of JKLF leader Muhammad Yasin Butt has been raided by police, CRPF and SOG many times from last night which is highly condemnable.
While condemning these arbitrary arrests, nocturnal and day raids against political activists and leaders, religious and social figures and Ulema, JKLF said that not only are being peaceful political leaders and activists being jailed, raided and harassed but religious figures and social leaders including whole leadership of Jamat-i-Islami including its Ameer Dr. Hameed Fayaz, vice president of Jamiat Ahlihadees Moulana Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri and others, activists and preachers from Ahli-Sunnat-wal-Jamat and hundreds of young boys and elders have been arrested from last four days from nooks and corners and have been put behind bars on fictitious or in many cases on no charges at all. JKLF said that this spree of arrests and raids and other oppressive measures have turned whole valley into a battle field where chaos has taken over the hearts and minds of populace. JKLF said that suppression of peaceful political dissent by police and army is equal to imposition of martial law. Putting peaceful political activists, religious, social leaders behind bars is undemocratic and also choking space on peaceful political activities can only heighten anarchy and worsen the already fragile situation in Kashmir. This oppression cannot put nation of Kashmir into submission, added JKLF.
Meanwhile JKLF has expressed its heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of the Qazi Ahmadullah of Khanyar who was father of veteran photojournalist Qazi Irshad, Ghulam Hassan Dhobi of Naid-Kadal who was brother of veteran resistance activist Muhammad Saied Dhobi and Ghulam Hassan Mir of Qadipora Budgam who was father of JKLF activists Ali Muhammad Mir. JKLF leaders Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Ashraf Bin Salam, Professor Javed and others visited the bereaved families and expressed solidarity with them. While praying for the heavenly abode of all the deceased, JKLF leaders also prayed for the Sabr-i-Jamil of their bereaved families.