Yasin Malik arrested for ‘jail bharo’ call


Srinagar: Separatist leader and JKLF chairman Yasin Malik was arrested on Friday for taking out a protest rally against the state government in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk area. Malik accused the government of curving their right to organize political activities and gave a call for ‘jail bharo’ agitation from Friday to protest the “curbs”.

“The government is not giving us any space (for political activities). We wanted to reach the villages of the Valley… But we were detained. There is no political space here,” Malik told reporters here. The JKLF leader said Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed wants to pass the six years of his term by keeping the separatists under house arrest and by not allowing any political space.

“He thinks he can pass his Chief Ministerial term by these tactics but we will not sit silent. It is our duty to protest against the curbs,” he said. Malik said JKLF would launch a ‘jail bharo’ agitation for 10 days from Friday. “If even after 10 days, the government continues to use the same tactics, then we will think of something else and intensify the protests,” he said.

On the recent attacks in Sopore township of Kashmir’s Baramulla district where two people have been killed by unidentified gunmen in the last three days, Malik appealed to United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin, who is believed to be in Pakistan, to probe the incidents.

On the other hand Pakistani flags were unfurled at a rally organized by separatist leader Shabir Shah at Anantnag district in the valley.