Yasin Malik marches in restive Sopore

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Srinagar- Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin on Monday reached restive Sopore Town in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district and held a sit-in protest against the killings of civilians including former militants by unidentified gunmen.

A JKLF spokesman said in a statement that Malik, who was supposed to go to Jammu, postponed his visit and straight-a-way went to Sopore where another ex-militant was killed early morning today. He said Malik held a sit-in protest at Main Chowk in the Town against the killings along with dozens others including senior JKLF members. The sit-in was held for two hours.

“After this Yasin Malik led a procession and travelled on foot through all Sopore localities. People from all walks of life including women in large numbers also joined this procession. Raising slogans in favor of freedom, martyrs and resistance and against spree of killings and other oppressive measures especially in Sopore, this procession finally concluded at main Chowk where Malik addressed the gathering,” the JKLF spokesman said.

Malik, in his address, said that the “spree of target killings in Sopore started after the Indian defense minister Manohar Parikar’s statement of fighting terrorism with terrorism”. “Now this phenomenon is continuing and four innocents have already lost their lives but ironically so- called government led by Mufti Sayeed has maintained criminal silence over these killings. This silence is significant and fishy as these rulers even after small militant incidents used to declare people and organization involved immediately but today after many days they have not spoken even a single word which speaks volumes about the motive behind these killings,” Malik said.

“Sopore is the fort of Kashmir’s freedom struggle and through these killings some people want to destroy this Fort,” the JKLF chairman said, adding: “we are in Sopore and want to convey to the courageous people of Sopore that we will jointly resist this oppression and will not let anybody to destroy our faith and passion.”

“People are being hunted like animals and killed. We cannot watch it silently. We have to resist it,” Malik said in his address.

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