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Separatists reject Ramazan ceasefire as ‘cruel joke’ with Kashmiris

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Srinagar, May 17: A day after Government of India announced to halt its anti-insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramazan, the separatists on Thursday said the “ceasefire was a cruel joke with Kashmiri people”.

Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a brief meeting held at Hyderpora Srinagar deliberated on the various dimensions of the ceasefire announced by the Indian Home Ministry, said a joint statement issued by the separatist trio today.

Describing the “ceasefire” as “Operation Halt”, they termed it as a “cruel joke with the freedom-loving people of Kashmir engaged in a legitimate movement for right to self-determination.”

They said the people of Kashmir as a peace-loving nation believe in permanent peace “rather than a relaxation in killing for one month. People want a permanent halt on war thrust by India.”

“India, instead of hearing the clear message of the people of Kashmir, is hell-bent to trample the genuine voice of the people by its military might,” they said.

Accusing India of suffering “arrogance of power”, they termed the ceasefire as a “ploy to hoodwink the public opinion at both national and international level”.

Advising the Indian authorities to shun arrogance and accept Kashmir as a dispute, they said “declaration of one month’s truce and sticking to a loud denial to solve the Kashmir dispute is mere hypocrisy. It is highly illogical and unfortunate to offer relaxations in killings for one month and then restart it with impunity.”

They reiterated their appeal to the people of Kashmir to make march to Lal Chowk “a grand success in order to send a clear message to the Indian authorities that the people of Kashmir shall never compromise on anything less than their right to self-determination.”

The joint statement appealed the people to shut all the businesses, shops and offices on May 19 (Saturday) the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.


Malik detained again

Srinagar, May 17: JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was once again detained today by the police today ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on May 19.

Malik was taken into custody near the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) office in Abi Guzar area of the city, its spokesman said.

He said that immediately after the arrest, Malik was shifted to Police Station Kothibagh.

Prior to his arrest, Malik told media persons outside the JKLF office that New Delhi has “choked every space of peaceful political activities” in Kashmir.

“Today is the first day of holy Ramazan and I am being arrested on this very day. This is the reality of Indian democracy in Jammu and Kashmir which has choked every little space of peaceful political activities in Kashmir,” he said.

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