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Yasin Malik

A day ahead of a march called by Kashmiris to the largest mosque in Srinagar, Indian Occupied Kashmir Police Thursday arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik and detained Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at his residence.

The joint leadership of Kashmiris, comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz and Yasin Malik, had also called upon people to march towards Jamia Masjid for a “freedom congregation” Friday. The three leaders were to address the people at the mosque.

Police on Thursday afternoon arrested Malik from his residence in Maisuma locality of Srinagar and shifted him to the central jail. Malik had been released last month after four months of imprisonment.

“A common Kashmiri’s right to live and speak have been snatched. Over 10,000 people, including elderly and children, have been arrested. The freedom struggle cannot be suppressed by arrests, murders and destruction of houses,” Malik told media persons before his arrest.

A Hurriyat Conference spokesperson confirmed that Mirwaiz was put under house arrest. The government has disallowed Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid for the past 17 weeks. The forces have been imposing restrictions around the mosque on Fridays to prevent any attempts to assemble.

Kashmir has witnessed shut down since July 8 following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with armed forces.

Earlier, when Malik was detained, his wife pleaded to the international powers to intervene as his life was in danger. Malik was not treated after his health deteriorated in incarceration. Wife of the APHC leader, Mishal Malik wrote to the Secretary-General of United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon and Russian President, Vladimir Putin.

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