Booking veteran resistance leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani under FEMA absurd, not acceptable
Srinagar, 22 March: A teacher is killed in custody and to cover up this crime, the story of escape is cooked-up next day which proves the reality of this horrendous murder. The policy of denial, stubbornness, enmity, and refusal has and is only giving all of us body bags and miseries and we need to change this policy for the betterment of our next generations. This was stated by the vice chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi while addressing a peaceful protest near Budshah Chowk Srinagar today. The protest that was announced by Joint resistance leadership (JRL) was attended by various leaders, activists, and people from different walks of life.
Earlier on JRL call, JKLF leaders and activists including Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, professor Javed, Muhammad Haneef and others along with people from different walks of life gathered at Madina Chowk and staged a peaceful protest against the brutal custodial killing of a young teacher Rizwan Asad Pandith, ongoing spree of killings, arrests and raids by police and other agencies, prolonged incarceration of JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and others and other aggressive acts of oppression unleashed by agencies like NIA, ED, FEMA and so on. Holding placards in hands and raising slogans against ongoing human rights abuses in Kashmir, Protesters marched towards Budshah Chowk and staged a peaceful sit-in which was addressed by various leaders. In his address, JKLF vice chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi said that killings of innocents is going on unabated and as we are still mourning the custodial death of martyr Rizwan Asad Pandith, one more innocent teen Atif Mir along with many others has been killed with impunity in north Kashmir today. He said that according to Indian media, Rizwan was arrested by NIA and interrogated at SOG camp cargo. He was tortured ruthlessly, parts of his body were exposed to fire, skin cut at many places and roller was drawn all over his body. After killing him in a torture cell, a case of attempting to flee from custody has been registered against him which actually is a testimony of his custodial killing, the JKLF leader said.
While condemning the prolonged incarceration of JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik who is languishing at Kot-Balwal jail, JKLF leader said that thousands of young and old have been put into incarceration centers by police and other forces as an unabated spree of arrests is continuing with impunity. He said that a political leader like Yasin Malik is being ill-treated which speaks volumes about the Indian democracy and rule of law in Jammu Kashmir. Terming the booking of veteran leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani under FEMA by ED as absurd and not-acceptable, JKLF leader said that The policy of persistent denial of reality, stubbornness, enmity, and refusal has and is only giving all of us body bags and miseries and we need to change this policy for the betterment of our next generations . Kashmir is being treated as an occupied colony and Kashmiris as slaves who have no right to live, progress according to their will and continue their democratic peaceful activities. This blanket ban on political dissent and crushing a peoples movement by share military and police might have turned Jammu Kashmir into a hell where no one is feeling safe and secure, asserted the JKLF leader. NIA, ED and now FEMA like agencies and laws are being deployed to by Indian rulers to suppress Kashmiris and defeat their resistance but perpetrators fail to realize that no oppression or suppression has and can ever defeat a peoples movement, peoples will, and aspirations added JKLF. He said that whatever Indian rulers do, and whatever their abettors do to terrorize and torment people for their petty interests, Kashmiri resistance will continue until the achievement of the desired goal.
Asking Kashmiri people to remain vigilant of all new and old pro-India politicians who always betray Kashmiri cause, JKLF leader said that many new faces are being projected as saviors who are actually agents of status quo and deployed only to fulfill their personal agendas and goals. We as a nation will have to reject these bloodsuckers and remain watchful to safeguard our sacrifices, added JKLF.