India will be responsible if anything untoward happens to Malik: Hurriyat leaders

In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have said that the Indian government will be responsible if anything untoward happened to the illegally detained Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik.

Muhammad Yasin Malik, who is lodged in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar Jail, has announced to go on hunger strike till death from 1st April 2020 against the authoritarian attitude of India.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Tehreek-e-Muzahamat, Bilal Siddiqi, in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced the charge-sheet framed against Muhammad Yasin Malik and other Hurriyat leaders by an Indian court in a thirty-year-old fake case. He said that the Indian government was using its judiciary as a tool to silence the resistance leaders and activists in occupied Kashmir. Instead of resorting to such kinds of colonial measures, India should honour its promises and pledges to allow the people of Jammu and Kashmir to decide their political future by themselves.

The Chairperson of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Khawateen Markaz, Yasmeen Raja, in a statement in Srinagar said that India had illegally detained the JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and subjected him to political vengeance. She said that New Delhi had continuously kept Hurriyat leaders behind the bars to weaken their freedom sentiment and suppress the liberation movement but miserably failed in its nefarious designs.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Political Movement (DPM), Khawaja Firdous, in a statement in Srinagar expressed concern about the health of JKLF chairman. He said that the life of Yasin Malik was like an open book, adding that he had devoted his life for peaceful political struggle. He said that the international institutions had to realize why the JKLF Chairman was left with no other option than to announce hunger strike till death in jail. He said that defending himself was Yasin Malik’s fundamental right and he should not be deprived of this right. He said that the JKLF chief should be presented in the court so that he could explain his stance.

The Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Ummat-e-Islami, Maulana Gulzar Ahmed Madni, in his statement in Srinagar urged the people of Kashmir to stand against the judicial victimization of the Kashmiri leaders and record their protest with the international community. He said that Indian judiciary had always demonstrated injustice and judicial terrorism against Kashmiris.

General Secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Molvi Ahmed Rathar, and Vice Chairman, Syed Ejaz Rehmani, in their joint statement deplored that the Indian agencies were implicating Yasin Malik in fake and baseless cases. They appealed to the UN and international human rights organisations to take notices of the illegally detained Kashmiri leader and play role for his immediate release. They also expressed concern over the plight of other Kashmiri political detainees languishing in different jails of India and the territory and demanded their immediate release.

Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami in a statement issued in Srinagar said that a concocted charge sheet against Muhammad Yasin Malik in a 30-year-old case once again showed that India was using its judiciary to victimize the Kashmiris. TWI lamented that at a time when abuses by Indian forces, including unlawful killings, abductions, torture, rapes and disappearances, have often gone uninvestigated and unpunished, Indian courts are showing urgency to implicate the Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders in ridiculous and false cases. TWI maintained that the bedrock of the Kashmiri people’s struggle is freedom from Indian bondage and that they would continue fighting for it, come what may.

Former Convener of APHC-AJK and senior Hurriyat leader, Syed Yousuf Naseem, in a statement in Islamabad said that the Modi government wanted to send Muhammad Yasin Malik to gallows like Muhammad Maqbool Butt. He appealed to SAARC, OIC, UN and international human rights organizations to come forward and save the life of Muhammad Yasin Malik.

APHC-AJK chapter leader and Vice-Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement, Abdul Majeed Malik, in a statement issued in Islamabad said that India had planned to kill the illegally detained JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik. He said that Yasin Malik had been kept at the death cell of Tihar Jail. He deplored that the JKLF Chairman, who had been suffering from various ailments, was being deprived of basic facilities. He warned that the Indian authorities will be held responsible if any harm was caused to Yasin Malik.

Vice Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Young Men’s League, Zahid Ashraf in his statement in Islamabad condemned the continued illegal arrest of JKLF Chairman, Yasin Malik and thousands of other political leaders and activists languishing in different jails in India and occupied Kashmir and demanded their unconditional release.