Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday expressed concern over the deteriorating health condition of incarcerated JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik, and warned that if any untoward happens to him, “New Delhi rulers shall have to face the consequences”.
In a statement, Geelani also condemned the continued grilling of his elder son Dr. Nayeem Geelani by NIA at New Delhi.
He said that people all over the world are fighting for their political rights but the state of Jammu & Kashmir is the only exception where “the political voices are being crushed with judicial onslaught, registering sedition cases against them through their so-called and biased investigating agencies which are not spearing even family members of the resistance leaders”.
“By crushing the legitimate movement through its military might, authorities has tried its best to muzzle our voice—but has utterly failed to do so, and no power on earth can never deter us from our much cherished goal of right to self-determination,” he said.
Geelani also said that government of India has ‘waged war against Kashmiris’ on every front.
“Daily killings by ‘operation all out’ has put every conscious individual within the firing range of coercive measures. In the deceitful narrative of hyper nationalism, to pave the way to grab power, Delhi rulers have flooded its prisoners by Kashmiris. They sell their aggressive posture, through their paid media houses to befool their vote bank,” he said.
He said that many pro-freedom people are arrested in the name of “terror funding”, and are languished in Tihar jail without any legal aid which includes Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad and businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali.
“Even the female leaders – Asiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen are not spared. They too face the wrath of oppression and are lodged in far-flung jails,” Hurriyat chairman said, adding that Indian rulers have themselves made a joke of their so-called democracy and court decisions are influenced by the region and faith of the accused amounting to gross judicial activism.
“The recent example of which is the rejection of the bail granted by Delhi High Court in favour of Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali, which was not only surprising but puts a big question mark on the free and fair legal system of world’s so-called largest democracy,” Geelani said, adding although in past also our people have faced the biased judicial system to satisfy their collective conscious, but recent media outburst of four senior Supreme Court judges, speaks volumes of favoritism and political influence in judiciary.
Pro-freedom leader said our prisoners are making history with their courage, steadfastness, patience and commitment, particularly those facing life imprisonment like Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Khan Sharyati, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Feroz Ahmad Bhat, Bilal Ahmad Kota, Bashir Ahmad Baba, Sheikh Nazir Ahmad, Mohammad Ayoub Mir, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Ali Mohammad Bhat, Latief Ahmad Waja, Mirza Nisar, Ab. Gani Goni, Mehmood Topiwala, Javed Ahmad Khan, Parvez Ahmad Mir, Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Dr. Waseem and others.
He said that now Srinagar Central Jail also bears a look of Tihar, where relatives of detainees are kept waiting for hours together in name of questioning and frisking and then made to see their loved ones behind the two layer iron net, which is distressing for both prisoners and the relatives particularly kids.
Hurriyat chairman appealed to the international community, prisoner’s rights forums and human rights bodies to compel Indian authorities to at least honour and obey their own laws and stop the revengeful attitude towards the political prisoners.