JKLF Chief Yasin Malik detained
Srinagar: Police on Monday detained chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik from his Abi Guzar office, a spokesman said.
JKLF spokesman as per a statement issued here said that police this afternoon raided JKLF office and arrested JKLF chairman. “According to police, Malik has been arrested in connection with the ongoing Panchayat elections,” spokesman said, adding that he was shifted to police station Maisuma.
Prior to his arrest, Malik while talking to media persons said that “Kashmir has been turned into a police state in the name of democracy and everyone who raises his or her voice of dissent against tyranny is being arrested, tortured and tormented.”
Appealing people to boycott ongoing Panchayat elections, JKLF chairman said that “elections under authorities hegemony are responsible for our prolonged occupation and miseries and thus we should always stay away from this process.”
Malik earlier participated in a congregational prayers meeting held in memory of Aali- Kadal martyrs at Martyrs Graveyard Eid-Gah Srinagar. He also participated in a blood donation camp at Abi-Guzar.
While recalling the sacrifices of Shaheed-I-Hurriyat Sheikh Abdul Hameed, Shaheed Mushtaq Ahmad Lone Shaheed advocate Jamil Chowdhry and others, Malik said that “these persons laid down their lives for the freedom of Jammu Kashmir, wrote a new chapter of resilience, resistance and sacrifices and changed the course of our national history.”
Recalling the struggle of Shuhada-I-Aalikadal and Gulam Nabi Butt younger brother of Muhammad Maqbool Butt, Malik said that “these great sons of soil nurtured the struggle for freedom with their blood and sacrificed their today for our better tomorrow.”
He said that “history bears a witness to the fact that till date no freedom struggle has been defeated by any oppression and tyranny and those who are daydreaming of defeating this sacred movement are actually living in a fool’s paradise.”
“Sheikh Abdul Hamid and his companions’ embraced martyrdom and turned the waters of Jhelum red by their blood and wrote a new chapter of sacrifices and struggle. Today when we are remembering these noble souls, we pledge to take forward their mission to its cherished goal,” he said.