Kashmir unrest: We don’t believe in Indian Constitution, says JKLF chairman Yasin Malik

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New Delhi | Published: February 17, 2017 5:03:31 PM

As tension in Kashmir escalates with fresh clash between stone-pelting youths and security forces, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik today claimed that they don't believe in Indian Constitution.

Speaking to CNN-News18, Yasin Malik said that Kashmir is a disputed territory and stone pelting is part of a non-violent movement in the valley. (Reuters)Speaking to CNN-News18, Yasin Malik said that Kashmir is a disputed territory and stone pelting is part of a non-violent movement in the valley. (Reuters)

As tension in Kashmir escalates with the fresh clash between stone-pelting youths and security forces, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik today claimed that they don’t believe in Indian Constitution. Speaking to CNN-News18, the separatist leader said that Kashmir is a disputed territory and stone pelting is part of a non-violent movement in the valley.

Clashes have erupted in Jammu and Kashmir’s capital Srinagar just days after the warning of army chief Bipin Rawat. The protests broke out after the Friday prayers as the youngsters waved the ISIS flags. This incident took place near Jama Masjid in Srinagar after the prayers were over and people were captured raising Pakistan’s flag and also pelted stones.

Yesterday army chief General Bipin Rawat’s statement on tough action against stone pelters in the state had evoked mixed response. Even as Union Minister Kiren Rijiju stood by his support, Jammu & Kashmir’s main opposition National Conference supported separatists in criticising the stand. The party has called the army chief comments as tragic and said that the government should engage with youth of Kashmir valley, which is a militancy-hit area.

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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has come in support of General Bipin Rawat and said that his recent warning to stone pelters in Kashmir was justified. Speaking to ‘India Today’ he said that not all Kashmiris are terrorists and locals were never treated as jihadis.

Yesterday, an Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years. The incident was condemned at the international level including United Nations and the United States. Since the clashes in Jammu and Kashmir took place just one day after the attack, it is a big concern of the Indian government.

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