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Yasin Malik detained, police clash with protesters

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 10, 2009

Srinagar , June 6 : JKLF chief Mohammad Yaseen Malik and 16 others were detained on Friday as police fired tear gas shells and used batons to thwart separatists’ attempts to stage protests in Srinagar after Friday prayers over the death of two women in Shopian town under mysterious circumstances.

Yasin Malik alongwith five activists were detained at Budshah Chowk in the heart of the city after hundreds of people broke the police cordon around his Maisuma residence shortly after the prayers and started marching towards Lal Chowk to protest the last week’s incident in Shopian, 52 kms from Srinagar .

Yasi Malik was placed under house arrest on May 26 after a youth, injured in teargas shelling, succumbed to injuries sparking violent protests in the city.

The JKLF chairman was taken to an unknown destination by police, official sources said. Security personnel fired dozens of teargas shells and used batons to chase away the stone-pelting mobs.

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Yasin Malik hails Obama’s reaching out to Muslims

Press Trust Of India

Srinagar , June 06, 2009

JKLF Chief Yasin Malik on Saturday hailed US President Barack Obama’s speech to the Muslim world as a new beginning in the US-Muslim relations and said India and Pakistan should seize the opportunity to resolve Kashmir dispute.

“Muslims of Kashmir welcome this initiative and congratulate the US president for a promising and notable step,” he said in a statement here.

Claiming that 9/11 “tragedy” created a gulf between US and the Muslim world, Malik said the recent initiatives taken by Obama would “certainly be a landmark in bridging the gaps.”

Speaking at Egypt ‘s Cairo University on Thursday, Obama reached out to the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims, saying a new beginning should be forged between Islam and America , promising to purge years of suspicion and discord.

“This reflected a positive change of US towards Muslim world,” Malik said, while calling for maintaining religious tolerance and brotherhood among all religions.

He observed that time has come when “as stated by Obama” all disputes involving Muslim nations such as issue of Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan and Iraq must be “resolved peacefully and at the earliest.”

He asked ” India and Pakistan to seize the opportunity … To resolve the Kashmir issie. This is necessary as Kashmir is not a mere border issue, but it is the question of future of millions of Kashmiris.”

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