“All political prisoners should be released immediately”
Srinagar, 10 May: People’s Democratic Party has welcomed the release of senior party leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar, after five months of illegal incarceration and sought release of all political prisoners languishing in jails in and outside of J&K.
In a statement issued here party General Secretary Gh Nabi Lone Hanjura said the continued illegal incarceration of political leaders despite the raging pandemic belittles the claims of restoration of democracy in Jammu and Kashmir trumpeted by the government.
” Five months ago Naeem Sb and Sartaj sb were arbitrarily picked up on frivolous grounds and put in jail without any rhyme and reason. Despite their old age and numerous underlying medical issues they were kept in detention even during the raging pandemic depicting the vindictives of the administration. Even after his release from jail Naeem Akhtar continues to be under house arrest, ” Hanjura said.
Urging authorities to release senior party leader and former party VP Sartaj Madni, Hanjura said given the prevailing health scare and lock downs it makes no sense for the government to keep Sartaj Madni under detention.
” When the whole of the country including J&K is under lockdown, people are restricted to their homes and Supreme Court urging govts to decongest jails, what logic does it serve to keep a former legislator and a senior political leader under detention on unknown grounds. Given the Covid scare the families cannot even meet them. Administration should give up on its Vindictiveness and release Sartaj sb immediately, ” he added.
“Isn’t it ironic that even after NIA gave bail to party youth president Waheed ur Rehman Parra its state counterpart continues to detain him under similar charges for which the NIA court has already given him the bail for. The charges against Waheed are mendacious, politically motivated and reeks of vengeance. Authorities should immediately order his release and end his ordeal and long tryst with injustice, ” Hanjura said.
Hanjura also urged the government to release other political prisoners lodged in different jails in and outside of J&K on humanitarian grounds.