Geelani criticizes arrest of separatist leaders, demands release of detenues ahead of Eid

Criticizing ‘unjustified’ house arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Muhammad Ashraf Laya, Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that “they are continuously being put under house arrest by authorities and barred from offering their religious obligations.”

Condemning the state administration for ‘their double dealing and fascist mindset’, Geelani said that “on one hand huge expenses are being incurred and special provisions are being made to facilitate Yatra and on the other, restrictions and curfew-like restrictions are imposed and people barred from offering prayers even on Jummat-ul-Vida.”

“A particular band of administration in New Delhi representing Hindu radicals is desperate to let down the sentiments and disrespect the religious faith of people in Muslim-dominated state,” he said.

Referring to Yom-e-Quds and Yom-e-Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman said that “both Kashmir and Palestine were forcibly occupied by tyrant forces and added that Zionists forces in Palestine and Gaw Rakshaks and Hindu fascist elements in Kashmir are carrying genocide of innocent people in a methodical manner.”

Deploring international community for their criminal silence about troublesome situations and pathetic condition in Jammu and Kashmir, Geelani said that they are not taking any serious and sincere steps, instead relying on mere lip service.

Geelani demanded an immediate release of all detainees before Eid festival and said that hundreds of leaders and activists have been lodged in far-flung areas of Jammu.

Terming the approach of authorities as ‘sheer extremism’, Geelani added that infamous PSA is being repeatedly slapped on political activists.

Referring to continuous detention of Masarat Aalam Bhat, Dr Ghulam Mohammad Bhat , Mohammad Rustum Bhat , Syeda Aasiya Andrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi, Ameer Hamza Shah, Mir Hafiz Ullah , Mohammad Yusuf Falahi, Raies Ahmad Mir ,Mohammad Shaban Dar , Mohammad Yusuf Lone Abdul Gani Bhat , Danish Malik , Mushtaq Ahmad Hura, Mohd Rafiq Ganai, Showkat Ahmad Hakim , Tariq Ahmad Gaia, Mohammad Yusuf Bhat ,Mohammad Yusuf Makroo, Mohammad Amin Ahangar, Abdul Hamid Parey, Sarjan Barkati, Mohammad Shafi Wagey, Mushtaq Ahmad Khandey, Showkat Ahmad, Mohammad Shafi Khan, Assad Ullah Parey, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, Salman Yusuf, Mufti Abdul Ahad ,Ghulam Hassan shah, Hakim u Rehman , Manzoor Ahmad Kaloo, Ghulam Mohammad Tantrey, Pervez Ahmad Kaloo, Abdul Khaliq Regu, Abdul Aziz Ganai, Ghulam Hassan Malik, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Mushtaq Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Ashraf Beg, Mohammad Ramzan Mir, Siraj U Din, Mohammad Sideeq, Safeer Ahmad Lone, Showkat Ahmad Dar, Shakil Ahmad Yatoo, Javed Ahmad Filey, Nazir Ahmad Mantoo, Mufti Nadeem, Mohammad Amin Parey, Mohammad Amin Ahangar, Imtiyaz Ahmad, Bashir Ahmad Sofi, Meraj u Din Nanda and scores others, Syed Ali Geelani said that since long these prisoners are languishing in different jails.

“In most of cases the detainees were bailed out and their dossiers were quashed by judiciary, however authorities instead of honoring court orders are ignoring all norms and rules, hence detainees are not released and slapped with PSA to prolong their detention,” he said.

He said that many detainees, though no charge sheet filed against them, are languishing in jails since long under the lame excuse of preventive custody.



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