Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday strongly denounced the “dictatorial” approach adopted by the authorities against the resistance leadership in Kashmir stating that booking pro-freedom leadership in “fake and fabricated” cases have become the norm deserving severe condemnation.
In a joint statement issued JRL while condemning the arrest of JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and seven other resistance leaders that include Mushtaq Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Haneef Dar, Shakir Ahmed Ahanger, Fayaz Ahmed Lone, Imtiyhaz Ahmed Dar, Imtiyaz Ahmed Ganai and Basharat Ahmed Bhat who have been slapped with “draconian” sections that include 149, 148, 353,336, 307, 152, 147, 427 and 128 while being under continuous detention, said that levelling of these fake changes by the State authorities against resistance leadership is nothing but sheer political vendetta and harassment.
Referring to the charges levelled against Malik and his associates, leadership said that one fails to understand how can a peaceful and unarmed march to protest civilian killings be termed as an “attempt to murder of policemen” ! when the police itself armed with guns and ammunition prevents that peaceful assembly by using tear gas canisters and other violent means to disperse people causing them injury.
While quoting a couplet, “hum ah bhi kartay hai tou ho jatay hain badnaam, wo qatl bhi kartay hai tou charcha nahi hota”, the leadership said that turning the streets of Kashmir red with the blood of innocents Kashmiri’s.
JRL also strongly condemned the solitary confinement of resistance leader Asiya Andrabi in Tihar Jail in Delhi where she is languishing along with her two aides, Nahida Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi.
The leadership said that Andrabi is already suffering from multiple ailments and confining her to a small cell has further deteriorated her health posing a great risk to her life. The leadership said the authorities especially the GoI’s backed NIA has not been able to produce any substantial evidence against Andrabi and yet adopts anti-human means to prolong her “illegal” detention which is extremely cruel and inhuman.