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Condemns continuous raids by police against zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal
Srinagar, 16 March: Arrests and nocturnal raids have been expedited at an alarming pace and political leaders and activists are being treated like criminals by police and other forces. This ugly oppression has and will only glamorize extremism and violence. This was stated by the senior vice chairman of JKLF Abdul Hameed Butt while condemning the prolonged incarceration of JKLF chairman and others and also while condemning the nocturnal raids by police against JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal.
Terming the ongoing police oppression across Kashmir valley as undemocratic and despotic, JKLF senior vice chairman said that chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik has been slapped with draconian PSA and placed under solitary confinement at Kot-Balwal jail. JKLF zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, senior leader Sheikh Nazir Ahmad is already lodged at the same jail while as another JKLF leader Zahoor Ahmad Butt is also languishing under PSA at Islamabad Sub-jail. JKLF district president Budgam Gulzar Ahmad Pahlawan, JKLF senior activists Mushtaq Ahmad Wani of Koreg, Nadeem Ahmad of Pampore and leader Ghulam Nabi Kashmiri are also languishing in police custody. While condemning the nocturnal raids against JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal, JKLF senior vice chairman said that police yesterday night raided his relatives and houses of many neighbors at NaidKadal Srinagar. Police had recently raided his residence too and this police harassment is continuing unabated. JKLF leader said that a political leader who is present in almost all peaceful democratic programs is being hunted as if he is some unlawful person and the sanctity of houses and families is being trampled by police which is highly condemnable. JKLF vice chairman said that this undemocratic, illegal and dictatorial attitude of the rulers and their authorities has and is ruining prospects of a democratic peaceful political dissent and hence promoting and glamorizing violence which is highly deplorable. While condemning this police attitude, JKLF senior vice chairman appealed international community and human rights organizations to take a serious note of this undemocratic attitude of rulers and use their good offices to promote democratic norms and space for political dissent.