Ready to spend life in Tihar jail, won’t surrender: Yasin Malik*


_‘ED, NIA used by Delhi to make resistance leadership bow’_

Islamabad: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik on Saturday has said that New Delhi was using Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as a tool to force the pro-freedom leadership into submission.

Addressing  a press conference in Srinagar, Malik said that he hasn’t received any notice from the ED into the alleged forex violation.

The show-cause notice to Malik and a Srinagar-based couple was issued recently by the central probe agency under provisions of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, PTI news agency reported yesterday.

Malik said he would rather prefer to spend his entire life in Tihar jail in New Delhi than to surrender before New Delhi’s “fresh ploys aimed at making Kashmir’s pro-freedom leadership bow.”

“The case dates back to March 2001 and its trial is already going on in POTA court in Jammu. On Friday, I came to know through media that ED has issued a notice to me regarding the same case,” said Malik.

He said that when the trial of the case was already going on in a Jammu court, he wondered as to “what was the fun of issuing notice to him.”

“Basically, the very motive of the sending notices to resistance leadership is to make them surrender. I want to convey to New Delhi that I am ready to spend my entire life in Tihar jail rather than surrender [before them],” the JKLF chief said. “Kashmir movement is a love for us and lovers don’t surrender. We would rather prefer to die in Tihar jail than to surrender.”

He said BJP-led regime in New Delhi can’t understand the love of Kashmir’s resistance leadership towards the ongoing movement.

“They (BJP) were nowhere in sight when Quit-India movement was launched against the Britishers. So those at the helm in New Delhi at this stage can’t understand let alone acknowledge our commitment towards Kashmir’s freedom movement,” Malik said.

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