By News Desk | Srinagar, Kashmir
The Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)- a pro-independent group, Mohammad Yasin Malik today reached Delhi where he will sit on a hunger strike from 3 May 2013 at Jantar Mantar.
A front spokesperson said that Yasin reached Delhi to look after the arrangements for the 48 hour long hunger strike that is likely to be attended by many people.
Before leaving for Delhi, Malik in a statement said that the protest hunger strike that was announced by him on 3 December 2012 and recently on 16 April 2013 will highlight the demand of returning back the mortal remains of Mohammad Maqbool Butt and Mohammad Afzal Guru apart from highlighting the plight of thousands who are languishing in various jails especially lifers and those who remain in jails despite release orders from courts, plight of minors and youth who have been slapped with Public Safety act (PSA).
“Thousands who after being arrested in front of their families have been missing in custody from years and whose wives are today called ‘ half widows,’ whose children even being missing their fathers cannot call themselves orphan and whose old parents have even lost their eye sights,” Malik said, and added, “The hunger strike will bring to the forth the pain and agony of those who after being killed in fake encounters dubbed as foreign militants those who remain buried in thousands of unmarked graves and those who still feel the pain of torture and injuries.”
Malik said that they will protest against the black laws like PSA and Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that provide Indian forces a license to kill at will. He said that the Jammu Kashmir has and is witnessing these human rights abuses more almost three decades now and it is our moral duty and human right to protest against these abuses. Malik said that through their 48 hour hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, Delhi, they will try to divert attention of human lovers to the plight of Kashmiris and God willing they will succeed in their endeavor.
“India hanged our leader Mohammad Maqbool Butt in Delhi’s Tihar jail in 1984 and refused to hand over his dead body to Kashmiris. After almost thirty years Indian rulers repeated their tyrant approach and hanged Mohammad Afzal guru ion the same manner. Kashmiris have a right to ask for the dead bodies of their beloved son’s and our protest hunger strike will also high light this human issues Insha Allah,” he said.