Ban on JKLF will turn Kashmir into open air prison: Mehbooba

SRINAGAR: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said ban on the Yasin Malik-led Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front was a “detrimental step” that will turn Kashmir into an open air prison.

The JKLF was banned on Friday for “promoting” secession of the militancy-hit state from the Union of India, officials said in New Delhi. “Detrimental steps like these will only turn Kashmir into an open air prison,” Mehbooba said in a tweet.

Banning the outfit under various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after a high-level meeting on security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said the Centre is of the opinion that the JKLF is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere. (AGENCIES)