I never enjoyed any protection from Govt: Yasin Malik

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Srinagar

Reacting to the reports of security withdrawal from the separatist leaders, including JRL leaders, Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik said that he never had any security from the government, despite being offered time and again.

Yasin Malik addressing a press conference at his Abi Guzar office in Srinagar on Feb 21, 2019, KL image

Malik while addressing media persons at his Abi Guzar office on Thursday termed it a plain lie, and said despite knowing the fact that we did have any security cover how can the government claim that they have withdrawn the security from those who never had it.

Earlier, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said that Hurriyat (g) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF Chief Muhammad Yasin had never enjoyed any security cover from the government.

“If the government itself had accepted that we never had any security, then why did they issue any such order regarding the withdrawal of our security, Malik asked?, adding that “It’s been 30-35 years I have dedicated my life to the freedom struggle of Kashmir. I never asked or accepted the proposal of having security with me.”

Earlier, in a week, BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said that Hurriyat (g) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF Chief Muhammad Yasin had never enjoyed any security cover from the government. “Several people asking about SAS Gilani and Yasin Malik may note that neither enjoys any security cover or another facility from d government. Gilani is under house arrest,” Madhav wrote on his twitter handle.

Following the withdrawal of security cover from four separatists, the government on February 20 decided to downgrade and withdrew the security of 173 persons including 18 Hurriyat leaders in the state.

Among the leaders whose security has been downgraded and withdrawn are Syed Ali Geelani, Aga Syed Mosvi, Maulvi Abbas Ansari,  Muhammad Yaseen Malik, Saleem Geelani, Shahid ul Islam, Zaffar Akbar Bhat, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Farooq Ahmed Kichloo, Masroor Abbas Ansari, Aga Syed Abul Hussain, Abdul Gani Shah and Mohd Musadiq Bhat, Shabir Ahmed Shah, Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Bilal Gani Lone.

Meanwhile, Malik in a statement paid tributes to slain pilot Nadeem Khateeb, and said people like Khateeb and others symbolize the sanctity of our freedom struggle, and we salute a man who was leading a well-settled life in the USA, sacrificed his life for the sacred cause and wrote a glorious page of valour, dignity and struggle.

Recalling the sacrifices and struggle of the slain pilot, Malik said that he was a great son of the soil who left a lavished life for Deen-I-Mubeen, strived for the freedom of his nation and sacrificed his life for the same cause.

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