a state resorts to coercion and tramples democratic norms and ethics when it has something to hide or deny. Indian state has been long denying our freedom and right to self-determination and is using military power to suppress our voices. This was stated by the chairman of Jammu Kashmir liberation front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik in a message sent out from hospital where he is admitted from last many days. On fifth straight day, despite crackdown by police, JKLF leaders and activists along with people organized candlelight protests at Pampore Kashmir and Ilahi Bagh Srinagar against ongoing Indian aggression in Kashmir. Protests are a part of human rights week programs announced by joint resistance leadership. It is pertinent to mention that JKLF chairman was arrested by police on 19th November 2018. He became unwell in police custody and was shifted to Soura Hospital under police custody where he is being treated by doctors till today. It is also worth to mention that after the start of JRL peaceful protest program on 3rdDecember 2018, vis-à-vis International human rights day, police immediately started a crackdown against JRL leaders and activist. Police arrested JKLF leaders Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Sheikh Abdul Rashid and many others. Even Social activists from Koker-Bazar Srinagar Shakil Ahmad Batkoo and Shabir Ahmad Dabla are also in police custody from last three days which demonstrates the worst police attitude towards peaceful activities.

Despite police crackdown, arrests and intimidations, Leaders and activists of Jammu Kashmir liberation along with people from different walks of life today gathered at Pampore Kashmir and Ilahi Bagh Srinagar held candlelight protests against human rights abuses in Jammu Kashmir. JKLF leaders addressed the protesters and strongly condemned the ongoing onslaught by Indian colonial forces against Kashmiris. Holding glowing candles and torches in hands and raising enthusiastic slogans n favor of freedom, self-determination and martyrs, protesters also raised slogans against inhumanity inflicted by Indian forces on humans in Kashmir. a message from JKLF ailing and incarcerated chairman was delivered to the peaceful protesters.

                In his message sent out to participants of today’s protests, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that it is human aptitude and character to whine on sufferings and protest against those who inflict these sufferings. Kashmiris are being killed, maimed, looted, vandalized, humiliated and tortured by Indian occupation from last many decades and I want to ask Indian oppressors that who’s sobs and cries can be more legitimated than Kashmiris who are being dehumanized by so-called biggest democracy. JKLF chairman said that a state resorts to coercion and use of force and tramples democratic norms and ethics when it has something to hide or deny. Indian state has been long denying our freedom and right to self-determination and this is why it is using military power to suppress our voices. He said that what is being inflicted upon people of Kashmir especially in south, north and central districts is unspeakable. Torturing men, women, children has become a new normal, humiliating elders and women has become a routine and arresting ,intimidating and tormenting young has become a favorite job of Indian army men, SOG, police and other forces. Killing humans is glamorized and cheered by so-called democratic Indian leaders and legalizing murders and shielding criminals by AFPSA like black laws is termed as democracy. JKLF chairman said that JRL called for a most sophisticated candlelight and Torch bearing protests against Human rights abuses but look at Indian standard of democracy, this exemplary peaceful protest has been meted out with iron fist and tyranny which is most condemnable. He said that by putting a blanket ban on all sorts of peaceful politics, Indian rulers and their occupation authorities in Jammu Kashmir are actually promoting violence and this has and is pushing a whole generation to the wall. JKLF chairman asked the international community, UN, UN human rights commission and council, amnesty international and other human rights bodies to take cognizance of this Indian aggression and trampling of democratic and human norms in Jammu Kashmir and intervene in the interests of humanity and democracy.

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