Malik condemns plight of Kashmiri inmates

Malik condemns plight of Kashmiri inmates

Expresses concern over arrest of JKLF activist Mushtaq Wani

Srinagar, Jul 02 (KNS): Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the arrest of JKLF district organizer Mushtaq Ahmad Wani of Hajin Sonawari who has been arrested by police during a nocturnal raid recently.

According to the statement issued to KNS, JKLF chief while condemning these arrests of political activists said that “unleashing terror on peaceful political activists is shameful and undemocratic.”

While condemning the prolonged incarceration of JKLF Deputy Chief Organizer Siraj ud din Mir and district president Baramulla Abdul Rashid Magloo who are languishing at Kot-balwal jail under PSA, Malik said that a 70-year-old political leader Siraj ud Din Mir who is ailing from many ailments and Abdul Rashid Magloo who met with an accident recently and is taking various medicines are being penalized for their political belief and punished for having a political belief.

Similarly, another JKLF leader Nazir Ahmad Sheikh who is serving a life sentence and lodged at Kotbalwal jail is also tolerating the apathy of rulers and his health is also fast deteriorating which is a serious matter of concern, the statement added.

Terming worst condition of Kashmiri inmates in jails as ‘crushing of democratic norms’, Malik said that the way political dissent is being crushed with military and police might speaks volumes about the ‘callous’ attitude of ‘Indian colonial mindset’ against Kashmiris.

JKLF chairman said that thousands of Kashmiris are languishing in different Indian jails like Tihar, jails of Jammu Kashmir like Amphala Jammu, Udhampor, Hiranagar, Khutua and Kotbalwal. “From 14 year teenagers to eighty year old men to ailing women, are facing Indian wrath in jails and on daily basis many more are being arrested and put in jails,” he said.

He said that today many including senior resistance leader Syed Shabir Ahmad Shah who is suffering from serious ailments in jail, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saif-u-ullah, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, and Shahid Yousuf Shah languishing in Tihar jail who were actually abducted by NIA and ED and shifted to Tihar Jail under frivolous and concocted charges.

“Every evil tactic is being employed by India to prolong their incarceration and miseries,” he said.

Similarly dozens of inmates including Doctor Qasim Faktoo, Doctor Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Abdul Gani Goni, Lateef Ahmad Waja, Javed Ahmad Khan, Mehmood Topi Wala, Iftikhar Mirza, Feroz Ahmad, Parvaiz Ahmad, Tariq Ahmed, Manzoor Ahmed, Muhammad Aslam Wani, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Mohammad Ayoub Mir, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Mirza Nisar Hussain, Mohammad Lateef Budgam, and many more are in jails serving life sentence. Many of these lifers have been shifted to hundreds of kilometers away from their home in Jammu and Indian jails to add up to their hardships. There are many including Masrat Aalam Butt, Siraj ud din Mir, Abdul Rashid Magloo, Mir Hafizullah, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi, Ameer Hamza, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Tariq Ahmad Dar, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Assadullah Parray, Showkat Hakim, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Mohammad Raman Khan, Bilal Ahmed, Farooq Tawahidi,Ali Mohammad Butt, Muhammad Yousef, Abdul Gani, Mohammad Subhan Wani, Tahir ul Islam and others who are in jail under black law PSA or any other charges,” he said.

“There are many more who are arrested on fictitious charges like 18 innocent boys from Sher-I-Khaas who have been arrested in DSP murder case and many who are facing wrath of police in various police stations. Ailing Lady Leaders like Syeda Asiya Indrabi along with Fahmida Sofi and Naheed Nasreen are being penalized by police from many days shamelessly and now NIA has also been employed to prolong their incarceration,” he said.

Malik said that JKLF leaders Siraj Ud Din Mir and Abdul Rashid Magloo are languishing in Kotbalwal Jail while as another JKLF leader Sheikh Nazir is also serving a life sentence in the same jail.

“India being a signatory to the Geneva Convention on political prisoners has an obligation to respect the rights of prisoners but as with other human rights, India has trampled this right too and is crushing these inmates with impunity,” he said.

Expressing his dismay over the silence of the international community especially ICRC and other human rights organizations at the plight of Kashmiri inmates, Malik said that Kashmiris are being crushed by India and thousands are being oppressed in jails but no one seems to bother.

He appealed ICRC and other human rights organizations to intervene and enhance efforts to safeguard these Kashmiri inmates. (KNS)