Srinagar, Fab 05: On the occasion of observing February 5 as Kashmir Solidarity Day, APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed his gratitude to the People, Government and Leadership of Pakistan for their unconditional and unflinching support to the political movement of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the right to self-determination.
In his message Mirwaiz said the people of Jammu and Kashmir and All Parties Hurriyat Conference has always appreciated the support of Pakistan, at all levels, be it diplomatic, political or moral for the past seven decades, despite difficult and testing times for the country itself. He said we also appreciate the Government of Pakistan and its leadership who has always extended all possible support to our political movement for the resolution of Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz added Pakistan being one of the main parties to Kashmir dispute has always played a frontal role at both regional and international level in highlighting the suffering and grave human rights abuse of Kashmiris as well as presenting the Kashmir dispute in its historical context.
Commenting on the completion of 26 years in prison of Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo Mirwaiz said that the State has been following a revengeful policy against Dr Qasim in violation of all principles of humanity and justice.
Mirwaiz said that there many instances where prisoners awarded with life sentence have been released after completion their term but in the case of Dr Qasim, even after completion of his sentence he continues to be jailed in outside prisons which is against all principles of justice.
Mirwaiz said that there are scores of prisoners like Dr Qasim who even after completion of their sentences are serving illegal detention for their political belief and who have completed more than two decades in prison. He said the detention period of these prisoners being deliberately prolonged on one or the other pretext is sheer state vendetta.