SRINAGAR: Jama’at-e-Islami, Jammu Kashmir on Saturday said that Kashmiri youth were facing the “worst kind of political revenge for raising voice against human rights violations and youth with religious bent of mind are the main targets”.
The party also termed the continuous detention of Muslim Deeni Mahaz chief Dr Muhammad Qasim, who despite spending 24 years in prison has not been released, as a “glaring example of lawlessness”.
In a statement issued here, a Jama’at spokesperson Advocate Zahid Ali said, “To suppress the just voice of the people, the government machinery is utilised in a brutal way and such activists are taken into custody and implicated in baseless cases to make their release impossible. By tactical mechanisation, they are sentenced to various punishments by the courts. Hundreds of Kashmiri youth are languishing in local as well as outside state jails.”
He said normally a life convict is released after completing 10 or 12 years in jail but those associated with Kashmir issue are “discriminated on political and ideological basis and subjected to worst kind of political vendetta”.
“Dr Mohammad Qasim is a glaring example of this lawlessness who despite passing 24 years in prison and suffering from various fatal infirmities is not released. On political basis, life imprisonment has been defined as imprisonment till death which in other words means death penalty. Muslim League chairman Masarat Alam is facing the same treatment and is under custody for last seven years despite high court quashing his detention orders 24 times,” he said. Zahid said such judicial verdicts carry no weight at all and condemned the policy of “political vengeance” against people.
Demanding the unconditional release of Dr Qasim, Masarat Alam, and other political convicts and detainees, the spokesperson appealed the human rights organisations to “take serious note of these violations which is absolute contravention of all civilised laws and morality”.
“These violations lead to disruption of peace in the world and unless justice is done to these victims by hearing their just demands, peace cannot prevail,” he said.