Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik Sunday said that if New Delhi continues with its repressive behaviour and does not end its unilateral violent approach against Kashmiris and if world conscience and Indian civil society continues with its criminal silence on these repressive measures, he will be forced to sit on a fast unto death strike.
Addressing people at protest hunger strike camp at Maisima, he said, “From the last 48 hours we are here in this camp along with hundreds of victim families and our motto is to raise our voice against the repressive measures of India and the reign of terror that has been unleashed by this state on the people of Jammu Kashmir.”
“Government of India hanged our national hero Mohammad Maqbool Bhat and son of Kashmir Mohammed Afzal Guru in Tihar jail and is constantly denying these martyrs a proper burial. The prisoners who have been sentenced to life and about 30 people languish in jails as lifers. More than ten thousand people are missing in custody. We have thousands of unmarked graves. We have tens and tens of those killed in fake encounters. Our young sons are being imprisoned and oppressed using PSA and AFSPA. We all here against this unilateral state oppression,” he said.
“The victims who are sitting along with me here represent the agony and pain every Kashmiri has and is suffering from. I hope that wisdom, humanity and democratic behaviour will prevail and our protest today in which hundreds of victims are participating will succeed in wakening the conscience of Indian rulers, world community and civil societies,” Malik hoped.
The JKLF chairman warned that if rulers kept on their repressive attitude and behaviour against the people of Jammu Kashmir, and if the world community and civil society kept sleeping in deep slumber, “We will be forced to go for a hunger strike unto death.”
Malik said, “We cannot keep on watching this repression and do nothing. We are ready to even sacrifice our lives for this just and honorable cause and will not shy away from any kind of sacrifice.”
Before his address Malik took a glass of juice from little Irshika daughter of lifer Showkat Ahmad Khan and ended his 48 hour long hunger strike. JKLF leaders Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Javed Ahmad Mir (chairman JKLF (H)) and Muslim Conference Chairman Shabir Ahmad Dar along with hundreds of other leaders and victims ended their fast at the hands of Parveena Ahnagar, advocate Zafar Ahmad Shah, Ved Bhasin and father of Shaheed-e-Kashmir Ishfaq Majeed Wani.
Despite heavy rains from late night, hundreds of people who were present in the protest hunger strike camp remained steadfast and from early morning today people from different walks of life kept visiting the camp and addressing the gathering.