SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani has hailed the goodwill gesture by India and Pakistan to release prisoners from their respective jails, saying the mutual well wishing in the holy month of Ramadan should be a permanent feature of the bilateral relations of both countries.
Lamenting over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners in jails in and outside Jammu and Kashmir, Geelani in a statement reiterated that “Kashmir is a pure political and humanitarian problem which is in dire need of an early resolution for the prosperous South Asia”.
So, Hurriyat (G) chairman said, the mutual well wishing gesture to release all the prisoners must include those Kashmiri prisoners languishing in state and outside jails.
Criticising New Delhi for its reluctance in not allowing the International Red Cross, Amnesty International or other human rights organisations to visit these jails and observe their “pathetic” condition, Geelani said the “illogical” denial by the Government of India speaks volumes about the plight of Kashmiri prisoners.
“Those incarcerated on fabricated and flimsy grounds face the hardships of unfair trail in the courts of law. Without any hearing on the fixed dates, new dates at long intervals are fixed to add ordeal to the accused prisoners,” the veteran Hurriyat leader said. “There are hundreds of instances where bail, detainee’s basic right is denied for years together. Life imprisonment on the basis of political vendetta has become a routine matter in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Geelani made a fervent appeal to both countries to turn a new leaf in their bilateral relations and sit together along with the people of Kashmir and resolve the Kashmir issue peacefully in accordance with their wishes and aspirations.