Majority of Kashmiri prisoners ailing, denied medical treatment: JKDFP

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SRINAGAR: Expressing deep shock over the death of a 66-year-old pro-freedom activist Ghulam Hassan Malik alias Noor Khan of Uri during incarceration in Kot Balwal jail Jammu under Public Safety Act (PSA), Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) on Wednesday said that had jail authorities provided suitable medical aid to him in time, Noor Khan would not have died without seeing his nears and dears.
A party spokesperson in a statement paid tributes to the departed said that his contribution to the resistance movement will always be remembered.
“The passing away of Noor Khan during incarceration has vindicated that majority of Kashmiri prisoners are ailing in different jails and are suffering from life threatening ailments and need immediate and suitable medical treatment,” he said and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
He also condemned authorities for not releasing or at least shifting Noor Khan (to Valley) despite his deteriorating health condition. “He was not provided adequate medical facility at Jammu indicating how non serious the jail authorities are towards the Kashmiri political prisoners,” he said.
The JKDFP spokesperson said its chief Shabir Shah is continuously ill in Tihar jail since he was arrested a year ago. “His family time and again cautioned jail authorities about his serious illness and impressed for his immediate and suitable treatment but all their pleas are taken seriously neither at jail authority level nor at judicial level. Same is the case with other Kashmiri political prisoners whose lives are at risk due to their ailments. They can meet the same fate as Noor Khan if ignored,” he said.
JKDFP has appealed to rights bodies at international level to pay attention towards Kashmiri prisoners.