Kashmiri political prisoners’ health ‘deteriorating’: National Front

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Appeals UNHRC to ‘take effective notice of situation’

SRINAGAR: Expressing concern over the ‘deteriorating’ health of JKLF chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik “due to continuous imprisonment”, Jammu Kashmir National Front has condemned the authorities for “jailing Kashmiris for their political ideologies”.
A party spokesperson in a statement issued here on Sunday said, “Mohammad Yasin Malik’s health has deteriorated to a large extent due to his day-to-day incarcerations. Same is the case with the (other) prisoners including National Front chairman Nayeem Khan lodged in different jails of the state and outside.”
The National Front has appealed the UN Commissioner for Human Rights to “take effective notice of dreadful situation” the Kashmiri detainees were forced to go through. “Kashmiri political prisoners are being treated like criminals and the jails have been turned into worst interrogation centers for them,” the spokesperson in the statement alleged.
He said Nayeem Khan’s health was “deteriorating” in Tihar Jail. “He has been kept in abysmal conditions and deprived of basic health facilities.” Khan has been suffering from many serious ailments “which need immediate treatment”, the spokesperson added.
He further alleged that the health of majority of Kashmiri prisoners has deteriorated to such an extent that “if they are not provided immediate medical treatment they cannot be treated at all”. “The prisoners are facing conditions tantamount to playing with his (their) lives,” he said.
The National Front has appealed the UN Human Rights Commission to “raise the issue with the government of India to ensure early release of all Kashmiri political prisoners languishing in different jails in and outside Jammu Kashmir”.
Meanwhile, National Front condoled the demise of Tehreek-e-Muzahamt chairman Bilal Siddiqui’s aunt. The party has also condoled the demises of Shafi Shariati’s mother-in-law and prayed for the deceased souls, the spokesperson added.