Srinagar, May 11: Expressing grave concern over the plight of political prisoners in and outside Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani Saturday said that while the universal declaration of human rights provides a clear guideline for the erstwhile governments of its state members, India brazenly deny the same rights to the political prisoners of Kashmir.
Terming the Indian attitude as ‘a mere political vendetta’, Geelani as per a statement issued to KNO said that “Kashmir is a pure political issue which can be settled according to the aspirations of the people by allowing right to self-determination.
Military solutions never last long and in presence of a million occupation forces, Kashmir has been turned in a hell like jail where people suffer and live in a suffocated environment.”
Condemning the use of force against the people, especially the youth at Jamia Masjid Srinagar on the eve of first Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan, Geelani warned that by pushing the youth to the wall shall have grave consequences for which state administration would be responsible.
Expressing his solidarity with all the pro-freedom detenues languishing in jails in and outside Kashmir, Geelani condemned what he termed as ruthless and inhuman behaviour of the jail authorities. Giving details of the prisoner’s plight, Geelani said that even during the holy month of Ramadan, the detenues are kept in solitary confinement in small cells without basic amenities, unhygienic food and insufficient medical facilities have rendered the detenues to suffer miserably.
Hailing the strong commitment and steadfastness of all these prisoners including Mohammad Yaseen Malik, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. Hamid Fayaz, Dr. Shafi Sharyati, Dr. Mohammad Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Anrabi, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo, Abdul Ahad Para, Mushtaq aAhmad Veeri, Abdullah Nasir, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Tariq Ahmad, Muzfar Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Hussain, Pir Mohammad Ashraf, Mushtaq Ahmad Hura, Yasin Ahmad Hura, Samiullah, Asadullah Parray, Hakeem Showkat, Mehraj-ud-Nanda, Basharat Bazaz, Tariq Ahmad Pandith, Mohammad Hussain, Hilal Ahmad Beigh, Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Advocate Zahid Ali, Istiyaq Ahmad Wani, Dr. Mohammad Saleem, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Abdul Hai, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Asif Sultan and Abdul Rashid Shigan, he said that “precious sacrifices given by these detenues provides a base stone for our freedom movement who are languished in jails like Tihar, Jodhpur, Jajar, Haryana, Kuthwa, Kotbalwal, Riyasi, Udhampur, Amphala, Srinagar Central Jail, Baramulla, Mattan and Kupwara.” Geelani appealed the United Nations Human Rights Commission, International Red Cross, Amnesty International to visit the Indian jails and have on spot observations of the ill treatment and heinous violations of prisoner’s rights