SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday hailed the “courage and resilience” of amalgam media advisor Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam and other Hurriyat leaders, saying even after passing of a year, NIA has failed to prove anything against them.
Yet the leaders including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Mehraj-u-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Shahid Yousuf and Zahoor Ahmed Watali continue to face “illegal” confinement in Delhi’s Tihar jail, which is nothing but “political vendetta”, a spokesperson of the amalgam said in a statement.
On Shahid-ul-Islam, the spokesperson said being a diabetic; Shahid is facing multiple health problems and continues to lose body weight which is a matter of grave concern.
“The condition of other leaders is also quite bad and their health has also deteriorated as basic medical supplies are denied to them,” he said. “All of them have been kept with criminals in the notorious jail and as such, there is always a risk to their lives.”
Expressing serious concern over the plight of Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen who are also lodged in Tihar jail, the spokesperson demanded immediate and unconditional release of all Kashmiri prisoners.
He said the leadership will neither be cowed down nor intimidated by Government of India’s “tactics of using NIA, ED and others agencies to pressurise and harass them”.
“The demand for the resolution of Kashmir dispute and right to self-determination will continue till it is granted to us. Sooner or later, the Kashmir dispute has to be addressed. No amount of repression harassment intimidation or fear can change that fact,” he said.
Meanwhile, the amalgam paid tributes to two slain armed youth killed in an encounter at Lal Chowk Anantnag, saying that “youth are offering priceless sacrifices and the people of Kashmir and the leadership is duty bound to protect and take forward the mission of martyrs”.
It also condemned the detention of senior amalgam leader Mukhar Ahmed Waza and his associate Muhammad Ashiq and lodging them in police station Sherbagh.