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Harassment of Kashmiri students amounts to persecution: Yasin Malik

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Srinagar, October 15: Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday said that harassment of Kashmiri students’ amounts to persecution.

In a statement issued here, a JKLF spokesman said, “Muhammad Yasin Malik along with JKLF leaders Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and Hurriyat leaders Javed Ahmad Mir and Nirsar Hussain Rather is languishing at Kothibagh police station. Police today arrested another JKLF activist Mushtaq Ahmad Wani from Koreg Ganderbal.”

“Suspension and removal of four students at Ali-Garh Muslim University for allegedly offering funeral prayers in absentia for their former colleague, is a shameful act which amounts to persecution of Kashmiris in the name of so-called Indian national interest. Throwing students out of educational institution and thus deprive them from seeking education can only be termed as worst dictatorship and is in every respect condemnable act,” the JKLF spokesman quoted Malik as saying.

He said: “Indian rulers, their authorities, media, vice chancellors, police, agencies and forces who have all turned into viceroys of new age should introspect and visit this page of Indian history of freedom movement too so that they can collect some humility and envisage the value of freedom fighters. By suspending these students and scholars for offering prayers for a fellow scholar you are pushing them to the wall and asking them to tread path of ultimate sacrifice.”

“Kashmiris stand behind their new generation and students and reject these acts of persecution by Indian state and we appeal to the international community to intervene and ask Indian state to refrain from this bullying,” he added.

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