SRINAGAR: Expressing concern over the “deteriorating health” of incarcerated JKDFP chief, Shabir Shah in Tihar jail, the party on Tuesday condemned the authorities for “jailing Kashmiris for their political ideologies”.
A party spokesperson in a statement issued here alleged that most of the Kashmiri prisoners were going through health issues and their condition was deteriorating after every passing day. “Same is the case with JKDFP chief Shabir Shah lodged in Tihar Jail from last 17 months and Mushtaq-ul-Islam.”
The spokesperson appealed the UN Commissioner for Human Rights to “take effective notice of horrible situation the Kashmiri detainees are forced to go through”.
“Kashmiri political prisoners are being treated like criminals and the jails have been turned into worst interrogation centres for them,” he said, adding that health of Shabir Shah was “deteriorating” in Tihar Jail.
The spokesperson further alleged that Shah has been kept in “abysmal conditions and deprived of basic health care facilities”. “This has put the life of Shabir Shah in serious danger,” he said.
The DFP also appealed the UN Human Rights wing to “raise the issue with the government of India” to ensure early release of Shabir Shah and all other Kashmiri political prisoners languishing in different jails in and outside Jammu Kashmir.
Meanwhile, a party delegation visited Muslim League chief, Mushatq-ul-Islam’s residence and expressed solidarity with his family at Batamaloo. Terming shifting of prisoners to different jails “political vendetta”, they condemned the shifting of Mushtaq-ul-Islam and others to a Haryana jail, he added.