SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Friday expressed deep concern over the alleged death threats received by a prominent cleric and columnist, Altaf Hussain Nadvi, on social media.
In a statement, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik termed Nadvi “one of the courageous solider at forefront in (the) ongoing freedom struggle”.
“He (Nadvi) is a well respected columnist and in civilised societies, there is a space for different opinions but on mere differences, death threats seem to be a part of conspiracy,” the leadership said. “We don’t expect it from any of truthful; only enemies can go to such an extent.”
Meanwhile, the leadership strongly condemned the “ill treatment” meted out to political prisoners and said their detention period is being prolonged on one pretext or other.
The leadership expressed concern over the deteriorating health of Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi in Amphala jail, Jammu and termed it as “political vendetta”.
It demanded immediate release of Masarat Alam Bhat, Aasiya Andrabi, Ameer Hamza Shah, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Mir Hafeez ullah, Bashir Ahmad Boya, Raies Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Yousuf Lone, Abdul Gani Bhat, Abdul Ahad Parra, Mohammad Rafiq Ganai, Farooq Tawheedi, Salman Yousuf, Tanveer Ahmed, Hakim Showkat, Haji Mohammad Rustam Bhat, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo and several others.
“The repressive tactics can’t break their resolve,” it said. “Atif Husain and Irfan Ahmad are being kept in solitary confinement.”
“Most of the prisoners were bailed out by court, however, (they) were repeatedly (booked under) PSA, thus prolonging their detention,” it said.
The leadership expressed concern over those detained by NIA including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Peer Saif ullah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-u-Din, Nayem Ahmad Khan and Farooq Ahmed and said they are being subjected to “ill and inhuman” treatment by jail authorities and denied basic facilities.