Srinagar, February 15 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, has strongly condemned the slapping of draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) on illegally detained party leader, Zahoor Ahmed Butt, for second time. Zahoor Butt has been lodged at Islamabad sub-jail.

Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the High Court of the territory had recently quashed the PSA invoked against Zahoor Butt and the authorities shifted him to Kupwara jail from Kot Bhalwal where he has again been slapped with PSA.

The JKLF Chairman said using black laws to prolong illegal detention of political leaders and activists is most undemocratic and tyrannical action.

He also expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of Abdul Ahad Lone, father of JKLF activist, Fayaz Ahmed Lone of Kaw Mohala, Khanyar in Srinagar.

The JKLF leaders, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Sheikh Abdul Rasheed, Ghulam Muhammad Dar and others reached Khanyar and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.

The JKLF paid rich tributes to Haigam martyrs of 2001 when Indian forces opened fire on peaceful protesters who were protesting against the custodial killing of a JKLF leader, Jalil Ahmed Shah.

Meanwhile, the Islami Tanzeem Azadi spokesman in a statement in Srinagar expressed concern over the continued illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and their miserable plight in jails of India and the territory. He said that arrest of innocent people especially the youth by Indian forces’ personnel had become a routine in Kashmir.

He condemned the continued illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists including party Chairman, Abdul Samad Inqilabi, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Alam Butt, Aasiya Andrabi, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mirajuddin, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar Muhammad Yusuf Falahi, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Dr Muhammad Shafi Shariati, Fehmida Sofi, Naheeda Nasreen, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Shahid Yusuf and Sarjan Barkati and demanded their immediate release.

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