25 years of incarceration: Resistance camp pays tributes to Dr Qasim

25 years of incarceration: Resistance camp pays tributes to Dr Qasim
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  • Dr Qasim an icon of ongoing movement: Geelani
  • Mirwaiz-Hurriyat terms him ‘victim of political vendetta’
  • A ‘grave violation’ of int’l and Indian laws, says Malik

SRINAGAR: The resistance camp on Monday paid tributes to chairperson of Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo on completing 25 years of incarceration.
In a statement, Syed Ali Geelani while applauding the commitment and dedication of Dr Qasim said, “We pay tributes (to him) for his sacrifices, dedication and commitment. Dr Qasim has spent over 25 years in detention for his valiant role in freedom struggle against India.”
“He is an icon of the ongoing freedom movement,” Geelani said and hailed the services of his family for their “unparalleled” services for the movement.
Paying tributes to courage and determination of MDM chief, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference said the pro-freedom leader is not released despite passing of 25 years.
Dr Qasim continues to languish in prison which seems more as “political vendetta” rather than any service to justice, a spokesperson of the conglomerate said in a statement.
In a statement, Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik strongly condemned the prolonged incarceration of Dr Qasim Faktoo and others including Ghulam Qadir Bhat and Prof. Shafi Sharaiti as “grave violation of existing international and even Indian laws”.
“Kashmiris are being put in jails for their political beliefs and under the pretext of various grounds, their incarceration is prolonged and they along with their families are put to hardships,” Malik said. “Dr Qasim Faktoo is a religious scholar and a prominent political figure and he and others are being put to hardships for the political belief.”
Malik said according to the jail manual of Jammu Kashmir and various Indian states, Dr Qasim Faktoo and others should have been released from jails long ago but “as in other cases vis-à-vis Jammu Kashmir, contemporary international and even Indian laws are being trampled under military boots and the political incarceration of these inmates is being prolonged under various petty excuses”.
JKLF chairman appealed ICRC and other international human rights organisations to “take note of these gross human rights violations and rights of prisoners and save the lives of these Kashmiri inmates”.