Geelani expresses solidarity with Kashmiri political prisoners

Geelani expresses solidarity with Kashmiri political prisoners

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday expressed solidarity with Kashmiri political prisoners and alleged that even during the holy month of Ramadan, the detainees are kept in solitary confinement in small cells without basic amenities, unhygienic food and insufficient medical facilities which have rendered them to suffer miserably.
In a statement, Geelani said: “While the universal declaration of human rights provides a clear guideline for the erstwhile governments of its state members, India brazenly deny the same rights to the political prisoners of Kashmir.”
“Kashmir is a pure political issue which can be settled according to the aspirations of the people by allowing right to self-determination. Military solutions never last long,” he said, adding, “Kashmir has been turned in a hell like jail where people suffer and live in a suffocated environment.”
Condemning the use of force against the people at Jamia Masjid Srinagar on the eve of first Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan, Hurriyat Conference chairman warned that by pushing the youth to the wall shall have grave consequences for which state administration would be responsible.
Hailing the strong commitment and steadfastness of all these prisoners including Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. Hamid Fayaz, Dr. Shafi Sharyati, Dr. Mohammad Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Anrabi, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo, Abdul Ahad Para, Mushtaq aAhmad Veeri, Abdullah Nasir, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Tariq Ahmad, Muzfar Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Hussain, Pir Mohammad Ashraf, Mushtaq Ahmad Hura, Yasin Ahmad Hura, Samiullah, Asadullah Parray, Hakeem Showkat, Mehraj-ud-Nanda, Basharat Bazaz, Tariq Ahmad Pandith, Mohammad Hussain, Hilal Ahmad Beigh, Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Advocate Zahid Ali, Istiyaq Ahmad Wani, Dr. Mohammad Saleem, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Abdul Hai, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Asif Sultan and Abdul Rashid Shigan, he said that the precious sacrifices given by these detainees provides a base stone for our freedom movement who are languished in jails like Tihar, Jodhpur, Jajar, Haryana, Kuthwa, Kotbalwal, Riyasi, Udhampur, Amphala, Srinagar Central Jail, Baramulla, Mattan and Kupwara.
Geelani appealed the United Nations Human Rights Commission, International Red Cross, Amnesty International to visit the Indian jails and have on-spot observations of the “ill-treatment and violations of prisoner’s rights”.