Chairman JKLF Mohammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday in a scathing attack against the state dispensation termed the silence adopted by the government over Sopore’s killing spree as criminal.
According to KNS correspondent, Malik hours after the killing of Aijaz Reshi reached Sopore and held a sit in for two hours in the town. He also toured to several areas of the town and met people who according to reports were much perturbed and shocked due to the ongoing episodes.
Malik while addressing people in various areas of the town said that the recent statement of the defense minister Manohar Parrikar is directly linked with the ongoing killing spree as the silence adopted by the Mufti led government is not only criminal in nature but has also vindicated before the masses that something somewhere is wrong and fishy.
He added that till the fourth person was killed in Sopore, the government acted as a mute spectator while vindicating peoples’ stand that the statement of Parikar is directly linked with the Sopore killing.
A shopkeeper was shot dead by suspected militants today in north Kashmir town of Sopore, in fourth civilian killing in a week and second since yesterday, police said.
Meanwhile, the statement issued by front maintained that JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik who today led a protest rally and sit-in at Sopore. Yasin Malik who was scheduled to leave for Jammu today in connection with oppression against Jammu Muslims, postponed his visit and left for Sopore where from last few days 4 innocents have been target killed .Yasin Malik was accompanied by JKLF leaders Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Sheikh Abdul Rashid, Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri, Showkat Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Amin Maglu and Shakir Ahmad.
Yasin Malik and others sat on a protest sit-in at main Chowk Sopore and this Sit –in continued for more than two hours. After this Yasin Malik led a procession and travelled on foot through all Sopore localities .people from all walks of life including women in large numbers also joined this procession. Raising slogans in favor of freedom, martyrs and resistance and against spree of killings and other oppressive measures especially in Sopore this procession finally concluded at main Chowk where Yasin Malik addressed the gathering.
In his address, Yasin Malik said that spree of target killings in Sopore has started after the Indian defense minister Manohar Parikars statement of fighting terrorism with terrorism. Now this phenomenon is continuing and four innocents have already lost their lives but ironically so- called government led by mufti Sayeed has maintained criminal silence over these killings. Yasin Malik said that this silence is significant and fishy as these rulers even after small militant incidents used to declare people and organization involved immediately but today after many days they have not spoken even a single word which speaks volumes about the motive behind these killings.
He said that “Sopore is the fort of Kashmir’s freedom struggle and through these killings some people want to destroy this Fort. He said that today we are in Sopore and want to convey to the courageous people of Sopore that we will jointly resist this oppression and will not let anybody to destroy our faith and passion.
He said that we have to raise our voice against these targeted killings and that with the killings fear psychosis is being created among the freedom loving people of Sopore which is not acceptable to us.
“I have come here to join you and raise voice against the killings. We have to stand up and show that we will not get cowed down by such attacks,” Malik said. JKLF chief said that vicious cycle of death was being unleashed upon the people. “People are being hunted like animals and killed. We cannot watch it silently. We have to resist it,” he told the mourners.
Yasin Malik announced that all resistance parties have today joined together and today APHC (G), APHC (M) and JKLF together have decided to resist this spree of killings’ together. After mutual consultations we all have decided to call for a total strike on Wednesday 17th June 2015. We have also decided to jointly protest against this killing spree on Friday 19th June 2015 in Sopore town. This joint protest program will be a show of solidarity with the people of Sopore and we will together protest against these target killings with passion and zeal, said Yasin Malik.