“Concocted cases and prolonged detentions cannot break our resolve to fight “illegal occupation and oppression” will keep striving for freedom of my nation till my last breath,” this was stated by the ailing incarcerated chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik who was presented before a special NIA court at Delhi which has remanded him on a judicial custody till May 24, 2019. Spokesperson JKLF said that chairman was arbitrarily shifted to Delhi from Kot-Balwal jail Jammu on 9 April where he was lodged under draconian PSA, slapped on him on 7th March 2019. He was arrested by NIA on the same day in a politically motivated and concocted case of 2017 in which more than dozen Kashmiri leaders are already languishing in Tihar Jail .He was remanded for questioning till 22nd April and taken to NIA headquarters.JKLF chairman according to spokesperson refused to budge before the NIA bullying and obnoxious attitude and started a hunger strike against it. “After many days when his health deteriorated he was secretly shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi by NIA. He was kept in a dilapidated room, handcuffed wherein authorities tried to force him to break his fast but failed to do so. In the meantime a counsel of Yasin Malik advocate Sumit Koul approached court to allow a meeting. NIA lied before the court and informed the court that Yasin Malik was lodged at some safe house outside Delhi. Court ordered NIA to allow Yasin Malik’s meeting with his counsel and the said meeting was scheduled on 20th April 2019. It was this court order that in fact forced NIA to reveal the truth about Yasin Malik and his continuing hunger strike.
Koul was allowed to meet him on 20th April and on the same evening a magistrate was brought to the hospital that remanded Yasin Malik on a judicial custody till 24th April and ordered NIA to shift him to Tihar Jail.” “JKLF chairman finally called off his protest hunger strike after 12 days and was shifted to Tihar Jail. It is also pertinent to mention that JKLF chairman was arrested by police on 22nd February, 2019 and lodged at Police station Kothi-bagh, Srinagar. On 26th February, while he was in police custody, NIA raided his house at Maisuma and after hours of exhaustive search operation couldn’t find anything substantial against him. In 2017 also houses of his sisters, relatives and friends were raided and searched and many of his well-wishers were grilled by NIA for months but NIA and other agencies were not able to find anything. Today JKLF chairman was presented before Special NIA court at Patiala house Delhi that sent him on a judicial remand till 24th May 2019. He was immediately shifted back to Tihar Jail Delhi after court hearing. Meanwhile in a message sent out from court, the physically very weak and frail ailing JKLF chairman has said that freedom movements and freedom fighters do not fear concocted cases and frivolous charges leveled by the colonial powers. He said that throughout history oppressors and colonial powers have used concocted charges to stop peoples march to freedom but these tactics have always failed and are bound to fail in future too.
He said that fictional cases and prolonged detentions cannot break our resolve to fight illegal occupation and oppression. “I will keep striving for freedom of my nation till my last breath and will never surrender before tyranny and falsehood.”“We are (Aashiq’s) passionate lovers of freedom and always ready to spend our lives in Jails, kiss gallows, endeavor tortures and torment for our Ishq (passion). We can die for righteous cause but will never surrender before inhuman, callous and obnoxious attitude of Indian state and its institutions like NIA, said the JKLF chairman.” He said that all these concocted cases and oppressive measures are politically motivated and display the frustration of Indian fascist rulers. Unity of Kashmiris under Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) and un-parallel resistance defeated the nefarious designs of the fascist rulers and what we are seeing today is actually their frustration which they are displaying by using their institutions like NIA to achieve their political goals, added JKLF chairman. He said that ban on JKLF and other revengeful measures like these are also a part of this political frustration of rulers who want to bully Kashmiris by military and police might. Recalling the ban on Indian National Congress by British imperialism in 1942 and incarceration of the whole Indian freedom struggle leadership then, JKLF chairman said that just after 5 years of such oppressive measures British had to leave India and as history repeats itself India which is treading the footsteps of erstwhile British imperialism today will also have to leave Jammu Kashmir very soon.