The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik has said that the slain militant Burhan Wani was “ part of a non-violent movement” earlier and was “forced to pick up guns” after he was “tortured” by police and security forces. “They did not allow the youth to pursue the path of non-violent democratic movement,” Malik said.
Speaking to The Quint Malik also said the Hurriyat ‘protest calendar’ is based on the people’s will, adding that stakeholders from different professions are consulted every week while preparing the calendar and they are in support of ‘Kashmiriyat’.
Burhan Wani and other youths were part of a non-violent movement during the 2008-10 agitation. However, Kashmir police and the security forces disrespected them, beaten them, tortured them. They did not allow the youth to pursue the path of non-violent movementYasin Malik, JKLF Chief
Malik had been arrested as a preventive measure on 8 July, after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by armed forces, and was released in the last week of October.
Commenting on the solution to the conflict, Malik predicted that the unrest in the Valley will go on in some form or the other, until the Kashmir dispute is resolved.
The present government does not believe in negotiations. They only believe in Military power. It wants to break the will of the people, crush and kill them and our decision is wel will resistYasin Malik
“Ours is a freedom movement, which has been going on since 1947. The speed at which it goes forward may vary, but it will go on until the Kashmir issue is resolved,” he added.
The separatist leader further blamed the state government for the burning of schools in the Valley.
“Every freedom organisation condemned the burning of schools. Who are making confrontations with the students? Who are forcing exams on them? It is the state government,” Malik said.
Speaking about the right of self-determination, Malik said, it is up to people of Kashmir to decide it in a democratic way whether they want to join India or Pakistan or want to remain independent.