Oppression strengthening our resolve: Malik
Srinagar: Condemning the ‘unrelenting oppression unleashed’ by forces throughout Kashmir, Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday said that their resolve to achieve freedom and right to self-determination gets strengthen by the oppression.
“Innocent killings, oppression and suppression, spree of arrests and other acts of tyranny have turned Kashmir into a worst hell. Common people are being subject to such oppression which can only be termed as worst dictatorship in the name of democracy,” Malik said in a statement issued here.
“On one hand, rulers and their Kashmiri supporters claim and propagate democracy and on the other hand are suppressing peoples voices through military and police might which is continuing unabated,” he said.
“The claims of democracy and continuous tyranny and oppression against unarmed civilians and peaceful political resistance can never go side by side,” he said, adding that “Jammu Kashmir is run by police might and killing innocent humans, arresting peaceful political activists and leaders has become a normal here which is highly condemnable.”
He said that beating people, vandalizing their properties, humiliating honorable citizens has become a new normal for forces that have no respect for human life or dignity.
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 an evidence of this state being a police state ,” he said.
Malik said that killings, arrests, lootings and shootings cannot put a nation into submission which has resolved to fight for its freedom and dignity.
“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,” he said.
He said that Kashmiris are facing worst apathy in jails like Tihar jail and others including Udhampur jail, Kathua, Hiranagar, Amphala, Srinagar central jail, Mattan Jail, Baramulla Jail, Kupwara jail, Kot-Balwal jail and other incarceration centers.
“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.
“Torturing inmates, putting them in solitary confinements and cells, humiliating their visitors have become common practice of authorities in jails,” he said.
Meanwhile on JRL call, JKLF leaders and activists along with people from many walks of life staged two separate protest programs at Koker Bazar and Budshah chowk Srinagar. JKLF zonal president Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri and others participated in protest rally at Kokerbazar.
President Lal-chowk traders association Deen Muhammad Matoo and Resistance Leader Javed Ahmad Mir also participated in the protest program. The protest program was addressed by Noor Muhammad Kalwal.
At Budshah Chowk, JKLF leaders including vice chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakshi, zonal general secretary Sheikh Abdul Rashid, zonal vice president Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Ashraf Bin Salam, Professor Javed, Muhammad Hanif Dar along with many people participated in this protest program.
The protest was addressed by JKLF leader Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and others.