Elections being used to hoodwink int’l opinion : Malik | KNO

Visits slain Srinagar youth’s residence, expresses solidarity with them
Elections being used to hoodwink int’l opinion : Malik | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

Srinagar, September 29 (KNO) : Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberating Front (JKLF) on Saturday said that ‘Innocent Muhammad Salim Malik of Noor Bagh was killed in cold blood by occupational forces.’ In a statement issued to (KNO), Malik said that “elections and pro-India parties that participate in this farce exercise are responsible for bringing miseries to us therefore we all should stay away from participating in these elections.” Malik according to the spokesman along with other leaders along with a delegation comprising of Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Muhammad Sideeq Shah, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Ghulam Muhammad Dar and others managed to reach Noor Bagh after by passing many hurdles and barricades and visited the residence of slain youth, Muhammad Salim Malik of Srinagar who was killed on Thursday. He met with the bereaved family and expressed solidarity with them. On the occasion, a condolence meeting was also held in which people mourning the demise of slain youth participated in large numbers. Speaking to the people present in condolence meeting, Malik said that “everyone living in the area of Noor Bagh knows that innocent Muhammad Salim Malik was murdered in cold blood by trigger happy Indians who to camouflage this brutal killing staged a fake CASO, placed Kashmir under shekels of curfew and internet ban and tried to hoodwink public opinion.” “No day passes in Kashmir when innocent blood is not spilled by colonial forces who have been directed to hold people through force and intimidation,” he said. JKLF chief said that “CASO and crackdowns, spree of arrests, slapping PSA on political activists and shifting them to jails outside Kashmir and choking every peaceful dissent by military and police might has been enhanced by present ruling regime in Jammu Kashmir and all this is being done under the garb of politics, democracy and empowerment of common people.” “Pro-India parties, politicians, elections which they compete against each other are all responsible for bringing miseries and hardships to us. This election drama has always been used by India to hoodwink international opinion, implement black laws like AFSPA, PSA, and disturb area act in Jammu Kashmir and inflict more harm to populace living in Kashmir.” He said that elections, be these for parliament, assemblies, Panchayats or municipalities are against the interests of Kashmiris and detrimental to the sacred cause and it is the duty of every Kashmiri to boycott these and stay away from this ‘evil process’. Expressing his heartfelt condolences and solidarity with the bereaved family of Salim Malik, JKLF chairman said that “innocent blood is being spilled by Indian forces ruthlessly as these forces are enjoying immunity from persecution and can kill anyone at will.” Condemning these ‘brutalities’, Malik said that “these harsh measures can not deter Kashmiris from pursuing the struggle for freedom and right to self-determination.”(KNO)