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JKLF stages ‘peaceful’ protest against ‘state sponsored violence’

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Attack on worshipers in New-Zeeland a horrible act of terror: JKLF

Srinagar: Several leaders and members of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) today held a ‘peaceful’ protest against the detention of JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin and others including Molvi Mushtaq Veeri who have been arrested under Public Safety Act (PSA). The protestors also condemned what they called ‘bullying Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq, Syed Naseem Geelani and others by NIA’ terming it as ‘manifestation of state-sponsored violence’.

Referring to the attack and killing of around 50 people in New-Zealand, JKLF said that the act of terror was horrible and had, once again, exhibited the ugly face of extremism and racism. “Our hearts go to the families that have lost their loved ones in this act of savagery,” the Vice Chairman of JKLF, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi was quoted as saying by the press release.

Condemning the use of ‘brute force’ on the leaders of Kashmir including Yaseen Malik, who alongwith hundreds of others has been slapped with PSA and booked under ‘fabricated charges’, the demonstrators demanded revoking of such acts.

“Not only him (Yaseen Malik) but hundreds of others including the vice president of Jamiat Ahlihadees Molvi Mushtaq Veeri and spokesman of Jamat-I-Islami, Advocate Zahid Ali have been booked under this draconian law and this crackdown against political leaders, religious scholars and Ulema, employees and others has actually turned the situation extremely volatile and vulnerable,” JKLF leaders said while addressing the demonstrators.

The speakers also termed the repeated summoning of JRL leader Mirwaiz Muhammad Umar Farooq, Syed Naseem Geelani and others by NIA as ‘condemnable act’, adding that India wanted to intimidate ‘resistance leadership’. “Oppression and suppression can never defeat a people’s movement that has more than one hundred thousand martyrs and enormous sacrifices at its back,” the press release added.

Terming the terrorist attack on Muslim worshipers in New-Zealand as heinous, JKLF leaders have said that the act had, once again, proved that barbarism has no religion and faith and clubbing this to any religion or community was equal to a committing a crime. “This carnage has once again turned our attention towards rising extremism in the name of religion, racism, culture, region, language, color, and ultra-nationalism. All this is happening because extremism and ultra-nationalism are being promoted, practiced and propagated not only by any fringe but by the rulers and states today. If we intend to make this world a peaceful place, we will have to make efforts to eradicate every sort of extremism from our world immediately,” the press release added.

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