November 4, 2017 10:53 pm

Kashmir is ‘Sholay’, India playing ‘Gabbar Singh’, says Yasin Malik

Srinagar—The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Saturday, likened the prevailing situation with the 1975 blockbuster “Sholay” with the Indian government playing the role of “Gabbar Singh”.

Malik was responding to the notice sent to him by the Enforcement Directorate in an alleged Forex fraud. “I’ll live my whole life in jail rather than surrendering before the government of India or deviate from the path of freedom,” he said while denying any role in the money transaction.

Malik said ‘our freedom fighters like JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat have taught us to accept gallows rather than surrender’.

“They (GOI) think we will surrender due to this (applying pressure tactics) but this unacceptable to us,” he said, adding “we will gladly accept gallows. Open the gates of Tihar jail, we will gladly go there.”

Criticizing national media by accusing it of “performing as Public Relation for

Indian security forces” in Kashmir, Malik said. “They should wear uniform in the Newsrooms.”

About his assets, he said whatever little he has is the property of his mother. “If it is proven that I have anything else other than that, I will disassociate from the ongoing movement.

He said he has not received the notice from Enforcement Directorate. “The notice has been issued through media. We have not received it yet”.

Issuing notices by the ED or use of National Investigating Agency (NIA) is a way to ‘pressurize’ us to have a photo session with their interlocutor. This coercion is unacceptable to us.

The ED issued a notice to Malik and two others for alleged forex violation of Rs.48.23 lakh recently. “It’s 16 years old case and pending in a court. I had gone to US for treatment. While I was on way back to the valley, I was arrested in Jammu and lodged in jail under POTA and tortured there,” he said.

In the court, he said, he was charged of having received one lakh US dollars through one Mushtaq Ahmad Dar.

Dar is alleged to have received the amount from one Altaf Qadri who had come from Pakistan.

Malik said he was kept in jail for nearly a year despite court granting him bail after three months, when he argued that why Qadri was not arrested while carrying the money. He said the case is still pending in the court. I do not understand why

ED issued the notice now.

“The idea behind these notices is to force us to deviate from the path of freedom,” he said. “The NIA is being used to harass leaders and their kins to bend our knees before them.”

Recent arrests of the sons and grandsons of HM supreme commander Syed Salahuddin is an example, he said.



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