Photo caption: JKLF stages protest in London against ill-treatment of Malik, banning of party
Srinagar: Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) on Saturday expressed concern over the deteriorating health condition of incarnated Muhammad Yasin Malik, saying that the reports have raised alarm among the masses across Kashmir about the ill-treatment meted out to him in Tihar jail.
In a statement, Hurriyat said that the family members of Malik and the people of Kashmir are worried about Malik’s wellbeing.
The amalgam said that Malik is already suffering from multiple ailments and denying him proper medical treatment can pose a threat to his life which amounts to brazen violation of human rights and jail manual.
“The resistance leaders booked under frivolous cases by the ED and NIA have completed around two years of imprisonment and yet these agencies have failed to prove any charges against them that include Shabir Shah, Shahid Ul Islam, Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Mehraj, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Nayeem Khan, G M Bhat, Shakeel Yousuf, Shahid Yousuf, Asiya Andrabi, Sofi Fahmeeda, Nahida Nasreen and Zahoor Watali,” the statement said.
Hurriyat while denouncing their prolonged detention expressed serious concern that they are being deprived medical facilities and their confinement is being prolonged on one pretext or the other. “The treatment meted out to these prisoners is a brazen violation of jail manuals and the international Geneva Convention.”
The amalgam appealed to the HR bodies to use their good offices to ensure the safety and proper medical care to Kashmiri detainees.
JKLF acting chairman Abdul Hameed Butt in a statement said: “Keeping Yasin Malik in a solitary confinement and depriving him of his basic human rights is actually the tactics of political vendetta authorities are treading upon.”
He said that Yasin Malik like towering personality of the State of Jammu Kashmir is becoming the pray to “political victimization”.
“His arbitrary and illegal arrest, slapping of PSA on him, shifting and handing him over to NIA custody in Delhi, ill-treatment he was met with during hunger strike and now keeping him caged in solitary confinement and depriving him of fundamental rights is undemocratic, immoral and utter violation of human rights,” Butt said.
He appealed to HR bodies to come forward and play their role and save precious life of Yasin Malik from the “inhuman, callous, unethical and undemocratic approach of the authorities”.
Meanwhile, a five days long sit-in protest was held by JKLF (UK Zone) outside the Indian High Commission in London against the ill-treatment the party chairman Yasin Malik has been met with in custody and on banning of JKLF.
The party chief spokesman Muhammad Rafiq Dar said that this five day long sit-in protest is first of its kind in the history of freedom movement of Kashmir that a protest of this nature is being registered against India on the streets of London.
He said the protest was led by the chairman diplomatic bureau JKLF Prof. Raja Zafar Khan, former Zonal President Sabir Gul, current zonal President Syed Tehseen Geelani, zonal General Secretary Liaqat Lone and senior party leaders.