Yasin Malik ill treated during confinement: JRL
Calls for shutdown today
Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) called for a valley wide protest shutdown today against the ‘ill-treatment’ meted-out to the ailing and incarcerated JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik by NIA at Delhi.
“NIA highhandedness has in fact forced senior resistance leader Muhammad Yasin Malik to go on a hunger strike and on Monday his hunger strike has entered its 12th day. The life of already ailing Yasin Malik who is admitted at RML Hospital Delhi is in danger and the rulers are busy playing with his life callously,” JRL said in a statement issued here.
The statement said that the shutdown will also be observed against the ‘ongoing aggression’ of NIA and ED against Kashmiri resistance leaders, activists, senior businessmen, trade union leaders, relatives of resistance leaders and other people from different walks of life.
JRL said that from early 2017, authorities in its pursuit to take revenge from Kashmiris for not budging before their will started ‘NIA terrorism’.
“A concocted and frivolous case was formulated and many resistance leaders, businessmen and journalists were targeted, arrested, summoned to Delhi and investigated,” the JRL said.
“Besides this, a malicious campaign was launched through media against Kashmiri resistance leaders which is in fact going on unabated. It is against these arbitrary illegal and tyrannical measures unleashed by the rulers using NIA and ED tools that JRL leader Yasin Malik protested against and has started a hunger strike as a mark of protest against highhandedness,” JRL added.
Appealing people to observe a complete shutdown against this ‘aggression’ against Kashmiris, JRL said that “resistance leader Muhammad Yasin Malik has in fact put his life in danger while protesting against the highhandedness of NIA and also against its humiliating attitude towards Kashmiris and it is our collective responsibility to express solidarity with him and with all those who have and are facing NIA, ED wrath unleashed by state apparatus by closing down our business, transport ,offices and other activities.
“By protesting we wish to send a clear message to the world that Kashmiris as a nation are not going to budge before any military might,” the statement said.
JRL also said that “a blanket ban on civilian traffic and movement for two days on highway is a most undemocratic and inhuman act by the state which accounts to snatching freedom of free movement and is a gross human rights violation.