Amnesty to youth political stunt: Geelani

Amnesty to youth political stunt: Geelani
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SRINAGAR: Blaming New Delhi and the judiciary for their “apathetic” and “biased” approach towards Kashmiri prisoners, Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani said on Saturday that the basic rights of those incarcerated are being denied and trampled.
“It is a sheer violation of human rights,” Geelani said in a statement. He said the people in power corridors are “ignorant” about revolutionary politics and hence can’t feel the pain of those detained by them.
“Instead of taking serious and sincere steps for the resolution of the Kashmir issue, they (Indian leaders) are treating it as a mere ‘law and order problem’,” he said.
Referring to the government’s recently announced amnesty to arrested youth, Geelani termed it a “mere political stunt drafted at Nagpur headquarters to label those pursuing the freedom movement as stone pelters.”
“Indian authorities and their puppets in (J&K) feel annoyed and dejected when from 2008 to 2016, people came out on the roads, resenting the forced occupation, and FIRs were filed against thousands of youth and later a few were released against hefty ransom.”
“Thousands were arrested and rearrested despite court orders,” the Hurriyat chairman said. He appealed to international human rights organisations to take cognisance of rights violations and to raise their voice for those facing “state terror”.
“People in (J&K) are the worst sufferers. This is a sheer violation of human rights,” Geelani said and strongly condemned the detention and slapping of PSA charge on the Hurriyat assistant secretary general, Mohammad Yusuf Mir.

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