The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Friday staged a protest in Srinagar on call of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) against the recent civilian killing in Pulwama and plight of Kashmiri inmates in different jails.
Soon after the culmination of Friday prayers at Maisuma in Srinagar, scores of activists of JKLF led by senior front leaders took out a protest march.
The demonstration was held in response to a call by JRL to protest the recent civilian killing in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and the plight of Kashmiri prisoners in different jails across J&K and outside
Meanwhile, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement while condemning the ongoing forces action in Jammu Kashmir especially in the south and north of Kashmir valley, said that on one hand government and their Kashmiri stooges claim and propagate democracy and on the other hand suppressing peoples voices through military and police might is continuing.
He said that claims of democracy and continuous action against unarmed civilians and peaceful political resistance can never go side by side.JKLF chairman said that Jammu Kashmir is a state-run by police might and killing innocent civilians, arresting peaceful political activists and leaders has become a norm here.
He said that only a few days ago Pulwama witnessed a bloodbath where dozens of villages were cordoned by government forces. JKLF chairman said that beating people, vandalizing their properties, humiliating honorable citizens has become a new normal for Indian colonial forces who have no respect for human life or dignity.
JKLF chairman said that during a crackdown in Pulwama, forces opened fire on civilians killing one more Kashmiri youth Fayaz Ahmad of Chewa Kalan Pulwama on spot and injuring dozens more.
JKLF chairman said that killings, arrests, lootings, and shootings cannot put a nation into submission which has resolved to fight for its freedom and dignity. Delhi must realize that People of Jammu Kashmir cannot be put into submission by these acts and killings.
“In fact, our resolve to achieve freedom and right to self-determination gets strengthen by these actions, asserted JKLF chief.
“Kashmiris prisoners are facing “worst apathy” in J&K and outside state jails,” he said.
“Torturing inmates, putting them in solitary confinements and humiliating their visitors have become a common practice of authorities in jails,” Malik said in a statement.
He said India is 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 repeatedly slapping PSAs, “employing police tactics to prolong incarceration of prisoners, using agencies like NIA, ED to put Kashmiris in Indian jails, shifting lifers and other detainees from Kashmiri jails to jails in Jammu, denying proper medical facilities to inmates… have become a new normal in Jammu Kashmir and it is the obligation of the international community, human rights organisations and civil society to take note of this, and intervene to safeguard the rights of these prisoners of conscience and use their good offices to get them released from incarceration,” JKLF chief said.