Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation front on Thursday said that stopping leaders from meeting, attacking media and stopping them from attending press conference are glaring example of sham democracy being practiced by New Delhi and its stooges in Jammu Kashmir.
We strongly condemn the arrest of Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Yasin Malik, chairman APHC (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Chairman APHC (M) Mirwaiz Umer Farooq.
Terming the arrest of three leaders and stopping their press conference as most undemocratic, unethical and glaring example of sham democracy, a press statement said that how can people who use police force to stop simple meetings between people, their media talk and even their movements call themselves democratic and champions of peace and progress.
He said that shameless rulers and their police took ailing Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Farooq into illegal custody and even attacked and injured media persons, including senior photo journalist Tawseef Mustafa, GK photojournalist Mubashir Khan and others. This shows the height of frustration so-called rulers and their police are suffering from, asserted JKLF.
“Choking every little space on peaceful political activities, barring people from meeting one another, suppressing peoples voices by arrests, nocturnal raids, use of black laws and other oppressive measures is no democracy but unilateral state sponsored violence. This is also like conceding a defeat much before the contest”, added JKLF.
Violation of democratic norms: Tarigami
CPI (M) senior leader and MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Thursday condemned the police action against the media persons.
Tarigami told KNS that the police action against the media persons who were performing their professional duties is violation of democratic norms.
He appealed the police officials to stop such kind of acts in the future. Such action against the media persons must be stopped as performing the professional duties is not any crime. The media persons must be given free atmosphere to perform their professional duties, he said.
Act against guilty cop: Mir
Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former agriculture minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir on Thursday condemned the assault on journalists.
Terming the attack as undemocratic, Mir said, The media persons who were performing their professional duties should not have been assaulted.
He said that the police official involved in the act should be dealt with strictly according to the law. The unnecessary action against the media persons is not good and the police officials must restrain themselves from carrying out such actions, he added.
KVJA Holds Meet
Kashmir Video Journalists Association (KVJA) held an emergency meeting on Thursday under the presidency of Mr.Sheikh Tariq , Vice-president, General Secretary and other Members ,in which it strongly condemned the assault on Agence France Presse (AFP) photojournalist, Tauseef Mustafa and other photo Journalists and Video journalists while they were dispatching their professional duties ..KVJA demands suspension of said cop who was involved in this incident and appeal to authorities as soon as possible for impartial inquiry in this Incident.
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