Srinagar, July 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Mohammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the plight of Kashmiri political detainees languishing in different jails of India and the territory.

Mohammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar denounced the arrest of JKLF leader, Mushtaq Ahmad Wani of Hajin Sonawari who arrested by police during a nocturnal raid recently. He said that unleashing terror on peaceful political activists is shameful and undemocratic.

Condemning the prolonged illegal detention of JKLF deputy chief organizer Sirajuddin Mir and district president Baramullah Abdul Rashid Magloo languishing at Kotbalwal jail under draconian Public Safety Act (PSA), the JKLF chairman said that a 70 year old political leader Sirajuddin Mir and Abdul Rashid Magloo who met with an accident recently and is taking various medicines are being punished for having a political belief.

Similarly he said another JKLF leader Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, who is serving a life sentence and lodged at Kotbalwal jail, is also tolerating the apathy of so-called rulers and his health is also deteriorating with each passing day.

JKLF chairman said that thousands of Kashmiris are languishing in different Indian jails like Tihar, jails of Jammu Kashmir like Amphala Jammu, Udhampor, Hiranagar, Khutua and Kotbalwal. From 14 years teenagers to eighty years old men are facing Indian wrath in jails and on daily basis many more are being arrested and put in jails.

He said that today many including senior resistance leader Syed Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifuullah, Raja Merajudin Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, and Shahid Yousuf Shah had been languishing in Tihar jail who were actually abducted by the Indian NIA and ED and shifted to Tihar Jail under concocted charges.

Expressing his dismay over the silence of the international community at the plight of Kashmiri inmates, the JKLF chairman said Kashmiris are being crushed by India and thousands are being oppressed in jails but no one seems to bother.

He appealed to the ICRC and other human rights organizations to intervene and enhance efforts to safeguard these Kashmiri inmates.


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