Resistance leaders penalised for political belief: Malik

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SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday condemned the arrest of party’s district organiser Mushtaq Ahmad Wani of Hajin Sonawari. He also expressed concern over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners in state as well as outside JK jails.
Malik in a statement condemned the prolonged incarceration of JKLF deputy chief organiser Siraj ud din Mir and district president Baramulla Abdul Rashid Magloo who are languishing at Kot Bhalwal, Jammu jail under PSA.
“A 70-year-old political leader Siraj ud Din Mir who is suffering from many ailments, and Abdul Rashid Magloo who met with an accident recently and is taking various medicines, are being penalised for their political belief,” he said. “Similarly another JKLF leader Nazir Ahmad Sheikh who is serving a life sentence and lodged at Kot Bhalwal jail is also tolerating the apathy of so-called rulers and his health is also fast deteriorating which is a serious matter of concern.”
He said thousands of Kashmiris are languishing in different jails in JK and outside state.
“Many of the lifers have been shifted to hundreds of kilometres away from their home in Jammu and Indian jails,” he said. “There are many more who are arrested on fictitious charges like the 18 innocent boys from Sher-e-Khaas who have been arrested in DSP murder case.”
Malik said the ailing women leaders like Syeda Aasiya Andrabi along with Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen are being “penalised” shamelessly and “now NIA has also been employed to prolong their incarceration”.
JKLF chief said India being a signatory to the Geneva Convention on political prisoners has an obligation to respect the rights of prisoners. “But, as with other human rights, India has trampled this right too and is crushing these inmates with impunity,” he said and sought intervention of ICRC and other human rights organisations.