Prisoners’ plight alarming: National Front

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SRINAGAR: “Though nothing is being proved against the Kashmiri political prisoners who are languishing in different jails of the state and outside, the government of India is leaving no stone unturned to prolong the incarceration of these prisoners including Nayeem Khan,” the Jammu Kashmir National Front said on Monday.
These prisoners are even suffering from different ailments and are denied proper medical treatment which adds to their miseries, a spokesperson of NF said in a statement.
He said the ailing leaders imprisoned in Tihar and other jails are denied medical aid despite serious ailments, thereby putting their lives in danger.
“They include Nayeem Khan, Shabir Shah, Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Dr. Shafi Sharyati, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahamad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Syed Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahamad Dar, Shahid Yousaf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahamad Watali, Syeda Asiya Andrabi, Fahmeedah Sofi, Naheeda Nasreen and others,” he said.
“The irony is that government of India is using different tactics to continuously keep the said leaders behind bars because it has no political answers to their just political stance about Kashmir issue,” the spokesperson said. “Even judiciary seems to be helpless before the government whose counsel either skips the proceedings or raises childish excuses to compel the court to fix new dates for hearings every now and then.”
Terming the plight of Kashmiri prisoners in different jails as alarming, National Front spokesperson said the jail authorities subject the inmates to “inhuman treatment” and the plight of political prisoners has now reached to a “dangerous point’. He stressed upon the human rights organisations to play their role in getting Kashmiri prisoners out of the jails.
National Front also appealed the international community to intervene in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people and impress upon the government of India to desist from “perpetuating the reign of terror in the disputed region”.