Srinagar, November 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has demanded of the puppet authorities to release all political prisoners languishing in different jails.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a public gathering at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, termed the puppet administration’s announcement regarding withdrawal of cases against the youth arrested on the charges of stone-pelting as a cosmetic step.

He said thousands of Kashmiris are languishing in jails across India for their political ideology and beliefs. “They are subjected to ill-treatment as policy of inflicting punishment upon them for their dissenting political views,” he added.

The Mirwaiz said draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), is invoked against the detainees on flimsy and baseless grounds at the will and whims of the authorities as and when they desire to keep them continuously in lockup. He said, the political prisoners are lodged with criminals and even basic facilities as per the jail manual including medical facilities are denied to them.

“If those in power are serious and sincere and there is really a change of heart and approach then all political prisoners should be immediately released from jails and their freedom restored and all draconian laws such as Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), and Public Safety Act (PSA) etc. are withdrawn forthwith,” said the Mirwaiz.


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