Seeks unconditional release of prisoners in Tihar and other CBMs
Srinagar 16 January: Welcoming Governor Satpal Malik’s offer to Huriyat that it must talk directly to him over the issues pertaining to atrocities against civilians and other related issues, AIP President Er. Rasheed has said that Mr. Malik should move a step further and facilitate certain genuine CBMs to prove his words. Er. Rasheed today talked to Governor Mr. S. P. Malik on phone and while welcoming his offer sought release of political prisoners languished in Tihar and other jails.
He sought special intervention from the Governor to help release of Shahid-ul-Islam and informed Governor that if he truly respects Huriyat leaders and those having a divergent view point and cares for the human rights of Kashmiris, he must ensure release of Shahid-ul-Islam whose wife is fighting for battle in Srinagar and he is himself languished in Tihar Jail.
Er. Rasheed also sought release of all political prisioners including Masrat Alam, Qasim Faktoo, Asia Indrabi and her associates, so that atmosphere turns conducive for sincere political process. Er. Rasheed asked Governor to intervene and take up the matter of filing charge sheet against Kashmiris students studying at JNU.
Governor reiterated that initiating any political dialogue between New Delhi and Srinagar is not within his domain will surely intervene in other issues raised with him during the conversation.
After talking to Governor Er. Rasheed in a statement said that Kashmiris don’t believe in confrontation but who other than Mr. Malik knows the fact that whether Huriyat or someone else, all are fighting for legitimate political rights of people of Jammu & Kashmir and want a peaceful resolution to Kashmir dispute in its historic perspective.
He said “Governor must take note of unending human rights violations and should make security forces accountable as much as he can. Mr. Malik has every right to differ with anyone including Huriyat leaders but being at the helm of affairs he must ensure that fundamental human rights of Kashmiris should be respected and political victimization must end.
Mr. Malik must ensure that aged and ailing Geelani is released and fabricated cases against youth and other political activists should be withdrawn without any pre-conditions so that one can trust his words.