After being witness to divorces, patch-ups and marriages, the social networking site Facebook has added a new chapter in Kashmir: political and identity crisis for Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik. Some Facebook imposter of Malik, who has created a fake account with his name, has started befriending people and issuing statements on the behalf of the separatist outfit JKLF.
"The page "Yasin Malik" is actually a fake page on behalf of Yasin Malik. We tried our level best to persuade the person running the page to identify himself but failed. Yasin Malik is himself running a page "Yasin Malik" and a fan club," said Ashraf Bin Salam, a close aide of Malik, in a message pasted on all FB friends of Malik.
The JKLF has posted this message on the page of imposter of Yasin Malik too, who has used Malik's rally snap as a profile picture. The JKLF has pasted party leaders' numbers on FB pages asking them to contact before any mail or updates on Malik's site.
"It is a source of tension for me. My lawyer friend has written to him but he has not replied," Malik told the Hindustan Times.
Malik fears that the imposter could misbehave with his friends and even confidential mails can land on the imposter's address. "We have warned him that we will take legal action against him if he doesn't disclose his identity to us," said Malik, adding he could be a fan, as he has not pasted any anti-party updates.
Fake Malik's last update was: "I am much pleased by the turnout of number of blood doners at the blood donation camp, which was organised by JKLF in memory of Shaheed-e-Hikmat Dr Abdul Ahad Guru."
The imposter has more than 1,100 friends, including well-known academicians, writers, journalists and activists from across the globe.
"He (the imposter) could issue a policy statement, which can prove detrimental to the party," said Salam.