Srinagar: The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik Wednesday voiced concern over the “deteriorating” health condition of Kashmiri inmates languishing in various jails and termed it as “alarming”.
“People of Kashmir are seriously concerned about the health condition of senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Dar, JKLF organizer Siraj-ud-Din Mir who are both seriously ill and have now been shifted to hospital by Kot-balwal Jail authorities and senior resistance leaders Syeda Asiya Andrabi and Syed Shabir Ahmad shah who are languishing in Tihar Jail,” Malik said in a statement.
Terming the condition of inmates languishing in various jails as miserable, JKLF chairman said that “the jail authorities have actually declared a war against people of Kashmir. In all aspect of life, Kashmiris are facing indiscrimination, apathy and oppression”.
Malik said that being a signatory to the Geneva Convention on prisoner rights, “it is obligatory on New Delhi to recognize rights of Kashmiri prisoners, but contrary to this, they are suppressing Kashmiri inmates and subjecting them to cruelty and apathy and putting the lives of these inmates in jeopardy”.
Terming the health condition of senior resistance leaders Shabir Ahmad Dar (chairman Muslim Conference-S) and Siraj Ud din (deputy chief organizer JKLF) as worrying, JKLF chairman said that “Shabir Ahmad Dar had suffered a severe heart attack few years back in police custody and has to live on life saving medicines”.
Malik said that Kashmiri inmates are “prisoners of conscience” and needed to be protected by international humanitarian laws.