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Kashmiri rights activist slams New Delhi over 'unlawful' JKLF ban
To start with, New Delhi should release all political leaders Including JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik from jails, lift ban on JKLF and other organisations and allow peaceful democratic activities in Jammu and Kashmir to facilitate this healthy process.
Acting chairman of JKLF Abdul Hamid Butt addressing JKLF supreme council meeting as per a statement issued to media on Wednesday said that prolonged imprisonment of JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik and ban on JKLF in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir are illegal and international community should immediately intervene and stress upon India to release JKLF chairman and lift ban on this political organization.
Malik was arrested a couple of weeks after the Central government banned JKLF saying that the outfit led by the former militant leader Malik was actively engaged in inciting secessionism and illegal funneling of funds for fomenting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Kashmir Media Service , a JKLF spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar after Yasin Malik was presented before a special court of India's infamous National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Delhi said that party chairman was shifted back to Tihar Jail after court hearing.
"The central government is of the opinion that having regard to the activities of JKLF, it is necessary to declare the JKLF to be an unlawful association with immediate effect," it added.
In Srinagar downtown, police and paramilitary forces were deployed to foil possible protests.The Indian government banned the JKLF led by Muhammad Yasin Malik on Saturday for its pro-freedom activities.
" The JKLF leadership including its chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has gone into hiding to execute our counter- protest programme on January 26," a JKLF spokesman said.
Earlier, police fired into the air and used tear gas to prevent several thousand Kashmiri militants from crossing the LOC at the Hajira border village, 26 kilometers from Muzafarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Azad Kashmir, the JKLF spokesman said.
The Hurriyat forum and JKLF in their separate statements in Srinagar said that Yasin Malik was being ill-treated in Tihar jail had set off alarm bells among the masses across Kashmir.
According to reporter, a JKLF spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said India has set new heights of state terrorism against the people of Kashmir, who in pursuance of just freedom movement, are being targeted by the Indian forces' personnel.
Last week, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had criticised the central government's decision to ban JKLF, which had kidnapped her sister Rubaiya Sayeed in 1989.
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