25 Kashmiris serve lifers in various Jails

While a large number of separatist leaders and youth are lodged in different jails, about 25 Kashmiri prisoners are serving life sentence in different jails within and outside the state.
The 25 include two top political leaders Ashiq Hussain Faktoo alias Dr Qasim and Prof Mohammad Shafi Khan alias Dr Shafi Shariati.
Both Faktoo and Shariati have completed 25 years and 12 years of life in different jails respectively. Both were lodged in Central Jail Srinagar but were shifted to different jails to Jammu in March this year following escape of Pakistani militant Naveed from police custody in a Srinagar hospital.
Faktoo, who is husband of Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Asiya Andrabi, has been lodged in District Jail Udhampur and Shariati is languishing in Hiranagar jail in Kathua district.
Hurriyat (M) chairman and cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq during his Friday sermon at Jamia Masjid saluted the commitment of these persons and asked people to hold special prayers for them.
Later, in a tweet Mirwaiz said, “Heroes of the nation! The nation salutes their commitment courage and sacrifice for the peoples’ cause of self determination .we shall forever remain indebted to them!
Mirwaiz also released a list of those serving lifers.
Apart from Dr Qasim and Dr Shariati, 23 others are serving life sentence in different jails.
They include Javed Ahmad Khan, Mirza Nisar Hussain, Ali Mohammad Bhat, Lateef Ahmad Waza, Abdul Gani Goni and Mehmood Topiwala, who are serving lifers in Tihar jail Delhi for last 21 years.
Ghulam Qadir Bhat is serving life sentence in Central Jail, Srinagar for last 21 years.
Similarly, those others who are serving life imprisonment in Srinagar Central Jail are Ghulam Mohammad Bhat (16 years), Feroz Ahmad Bhat (15 years), Parvez Ahmad Mir (15 years), Shaikh Imran (13 years), Mohammad Abbas Wani (11 years), Maqsood Ahmad Bhat (11 years) and Farooq Ahmad Sheikh (10 years).
Barkat Ali Khan (15 years), Mohammad Iqbal Khan (15 years), Mohd Sidiq Gujjar (15 years), Sai Mohammad Gujjar (15 years), Mehandia Gujjar (15 years) and Abdul Wahid Naik (15 years) are serving life imprisonment in Central Jail, Jammu.
Two Kashmiris Mohammad Aslam and Abdul Hamid Teli are serving life sentence in Central Jail Mumbai for last 12 years while Bilal Ahmad Kuta has been lodged in Bangalore Central Jail for last 11 years.