SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Friday expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners lodged in different jails in and outside the valley. The amalgam said on pretext of security measures, the treatment meted out to Kashmiri detainees is totally uncivilised and inhuman.
Terming the decision of shifting of prisoners lodged in Central Jail Srinagar outside the valley as unjustified and unnecessary step, the conglomerate said in the wake of escape by a prisoner from police custody, the government and its forces are venting their anger and frustration on innocent inmates. “The orders of Indian court with regard to prisoners are completely disregarded as prisoners are suffering going through immense problems.”
The amalgam said the inmates facing life imprisonment including Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Muhammad Ayub Dar, Muhammad Ayub Mir, Abdul Hamid Teli, Tariq Ahmad Dar, Rayees Ahmad, Showkat Ahmad Hakeem, Adil Ahmad Zargar, Momin Ahmad, Muhammad Ishaq Paal, Imran Nabi Wani, Mehraj ud Din, Danish Malik, Feroz Ahmad, Mufti Abdul Ahad, Amir Ahmad Wagay and others have been shifted to Jammu jails which exhibits the “vindictive approach” of the ruling regime.
The conglomerate also condemned the Hindu Ekta Manch for using an eight-year-old girl’s rape and murder incident as a tool for “petty politicking” and “spreading communal hatred”. “The way BJP is supporting these communal forces reflects their bad intentions. Giving it a political colour is not only condemnable but also shameful.”
The statement said that a rally was held outside Jamia Masjid Srinagar in which besides Hurriyat leaders and activists, hundreds of people condemned the government’s move to shift political prisoners outside valley and termed it as a “dictatorial approach” by the state.
Meanwhile, senior leaders of the conglomerate Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Muhammad Musadiq Adil and Khalil Muhammad Khail addressed a gathering at Jamia Masjid Tarzoo Sopore, the statement said.
“The resolution of Kashmir issue is a key to forge peace in South Asia,” the leader said. “The reason of the confrontation between India and Pakistan is lingering Kashmir issue. It is responsibility of the leadership of both countries to take tangible steps for the resolution of Kashmir issue.”