Srinagar, October 25 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that involving families into political affairs, arresting sons for fathers and fathers in place of their sons, has been a long ploy of Indian occupation.

Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar, today, said arresting Syed Shahid Yousuf, son of Syed Salahuddin, by India’s National Investigation Agency and attacks on family members of those, who are engaged in freedom struggle, are glaring examples of these atrocities.

The JKLF Chairman termed Shahid’s arrest in a seven-year-old false case as a clear act of political vendetta. He said that attacks on families of those resisting oppression and illegal occupation were deemed a crime in civilized societies, but India, which claimed to be the largest democracy of the world, had been using these oppressive tactics for a long time. He said that India police and paramilitary personnel had unleashed a reign of such ugly attacks.

Yasin Malik said that prior to 1988, same method was employed against peaceful youth as their mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters were arrested, subjected to humiliation and put in jails. He said that such oppression had pushed the youth to the wall. “Especially from 2008, this ugly practice of attacking or arresting family members has become a common feature and to suppress people’s voices police and other forces are subjecting families of pro-freedom people with brutal aggression and oppression,” he added.

The JKLF Chairman said that arrest of Shahid Yousuf was part of this oppressive tactic being employed by India. However, he maintained that these oppressive tactics had failed in the past and would meet the same fate in future as well.

Meanwhile, the family members of Syed Salahuddin in a statement in Srinagar said that Shahid Yousuf was arrested to pressurize the UJC Chief. They maintaining that Shahid was innocent and his arrest was an age-old tactic by the Delhi government to harass the family and to defame Syed Salahuddin.

On the other hand, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir (APHC-AJK) chapter at meeting in Islamabad denounced the arrest of Shahid Yousuf by NIA. The participants said that India had launched NIA to malign the Kashmiri leadership at the international level.

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