India warned against shifting of detainees to Jammu » Kashmir Media Service

Killing of mentally-challenged man denounced

Srinagar, February 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has warned the Indian authorities of serious consequences against the shifting of political prisoners from Srinagar Central Jail to the jails in Jammu.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar appealed to the International Committee of Red Cross, Asia Watch, Amnesty International and other world human rights organisations to come to the rescue of these detainees, who are being shifted out of the Kashmir Valley due to political vengeance. The APHC Chairman hailed the sacrifices of the prisoners including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Dr Shafi Shariati, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori and others saying that all the Kashmiri detainees were living legends and icons of the ongoing freedom movement.

The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at a meeting in Srinagar urged concrete steps to resolve the Kashmir dispute through a sustained and meaningful dialogue process with active participation of all the stakeholders including the true representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

A delegation of Tehreek-e-Mazahmat led by its Chairman, Bilal Siddiqi, visited Soibugh area of Badgam district and expressed solidarity with the family of a mentally-challenged man, Syed Habibullah, who was killed by the Indian forces near Air Force station in the district, yesterday. Addressing the mourners, Bilal Siddiqi said that the killing of an innocent man had exposed the brutal face of the Indian forces.

The All Parties Hurriyat Conference, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Salvation Movement, Mass Movement, Peoples Freedom League, Voice of Victims and Paervaan-e-Wilayat in their separate statements condemned the ruthless murder of the elderly man.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Imtiaz Ahmed Reshi and Ghulam Nabi War in a joint statement in Srinagar castigated the Indian authorities for not punishing the troops involved in the February 1991 Kunanposhpora mass rape incident. Indian troops had gang-raped around 100 women in Kunanposhpora area of Kupwara district on the intervening night of 22nd and 23rd February in 1991.

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