A spokesman for the front said that a police party arrested Malik from his Maisuma house near here immediately after morning prayers.
Malik was arrested and detained in police station Koathibagh to prevent him from leading a protest march in Srinagar against civilian killings.
Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik arrested to foil protests in Srinagar, Hurriyat Conference chairman under house arrest
The separatists called for a protest strike for today against the killing of civilians allegedly in security forces firing recently and the killing of veteran journalist Shujaat Bukhari.
The chairman was arrested after three militants were killed in an encounter by the security forces in Anantnag district.
A spokesman of the JKLF said Malik was arrested from his residence in Maisuma area.