Malik Detained Week Ahead Of Polls 

SRINAGAR —  Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested by police on Tuesday from JKLF office Abi-Guzar Srinagar.

“A large contingent of police cordoned JKLF office at Abi-Guzar today afternoon and arrested him,” JKLF said in a statement.

“According to police, Malik has been taken into custody in wake of coming Municipal elections,” the statement said, adding that after his arrest, Malik has been shifted to Kothi-bagh Police station.

Before being detained, Malik talked to media person present outside the JKLF office and said that “in democracy people are given space to expresses their views.”

“Participation or boycotting elections is also a democratic right but biggest democracy is practicing a new kind of democracy in Jammu Kashmir wherein no peaceful political dissent is allowed and political leaders and activists are put behind the bars,” he said.

A military and police operation has been launched in Jammu Kashmir under the garb of Municipality and Panchayat elections, he said. “Many leaders and activists from joint resistance leadership have been arrested, slapped with PSA and shifted to jails outside Kashmir,” he said.

“Also hundreds of youth have also been detained and are languishing in jails and police stations across the valley. Police and military operation is being named as empowering common masses and strengthening of democracy which is actually ridiculous and absurd,” he said.

Terming all election as ‘detrimental’ to the cause and interests of the people of Jammu Kashmir, Malik said: “Indian has always portrayed these elections as being a vote in favor of its illegal occupation on Kashmir. This election process, be it for assembly, Indian parliament, municipality or Panchayats is actually responsible for our miseries as assemblies and forums created by this process formulate and implement laws to put curbs on people, inflict more and more hardships on them and prolong our slavery.”

He said that “election process is responsible for strengthening the military occupation, providing military and forces huge powers to kill, jail, torture and blind people with impunity.”

“All who participate or vote in these elections are actually damaging the interests of Kashmiris and playing as collaborators of India and it is the duty of every Kashmiri to stand firm against aggression, stay away from this process and boycott these elections with passion and valor,” he added.

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