Srinagar, November 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has expressed concern over the plight of Kashmiri political detainees languishing in different jails of India and the territory.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a gathering in Srinagar said, the Kashmiri detainees are tortured in jails to break their resolve and determination and disturb them psychologically. He said these prisoners are not criminals but political detainees and dealing with them inhumanly is a violation of the Geneva Conventions of rights and dignity of prisoners and even against basic human practices and ethics.

“The treatment meted out to Kashmiri prisoners and under-trials, particularly in Kot Bhalwal, Kathua and Tihar jails, is inhuman,” he added.

The Mirwaiz said that non-availability of medical care and hygienic food proved it beyond doubt that they were victims of vendetta policy being followed by New Delhi to suppress their freedom sentiment. He said even the visitors and relatives who come to see them in jails are deliberately harassed and tormented. All this is done in complete violation of the jail manual which lays emphasis on the honour and dignity of prisoners, he said.

He termed the silence of international organisations over the plight of the Kashmiri prisoners as unfortunate. “There are scores of prisoners who have already completed their term but they continue to languish in prisons,” he pointed out. He deplored that trials of prisoners were repeatedly deferred to prolong their detention.

The Mirwaiz said that Kashmiri political prisoners including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Sideeq Ganai, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Muhammad Shafi Khan, Atif Ahmed, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, Muhammad Yousuf Mir, Ghulam Jilani, Farooq Ahmed Daga, Muzaffar Ahmed, Aaqib Ahmed and hundreds of other detainees should be released forthwith.

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