India deliberately prolonging detentions
Srinagar, March 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that India is using its National Investigation Agency alongside more than a million troops equipped with a deep investigative network to inflict more sufferings on the Kashmiri people.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned NIA summons to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyat leaders and said New Delhi was using the probe agency and the Directorate Enforcement as tools to strangulate every voice of dissent in the occupied territory.

The Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement said the Indian authorities are deliberately prolonging the illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists in blatant violation of right to justice.

The Meanwhile, the grounds for detention of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik under the draconian law, Public Safety Act have been made public. The dossier cites that the JKLF chief openly challenges the Jammu and Kashmir’s so-called accession to India besides constituting the Joint Resistance Leadership to portray India as a colonial and occupational force by inserting the word ‘resistance’ in its name.

Indian authorities today booked religious scholar and Jamiat Ahle Hadees vice President, Moulvi Mushtaq Veeri under draconian law, Public Safety Act and shifted him to a jail in Jammu. Jamaat-e-Islami in a statement expressed concern over the arrest of its legal expert, Mir Assad Ullah, by Indian police with an aim to prevent Jamaat from approaching the court to contest its case.

NIA arrested three persons during its raids in Huller and Hanjala areas of Kishtwar district. Hurriyat leaders including Altaf Ahmad Shah, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar and Raja Merajuddin Kalwal languishing in Delhi’s notorious Tihar jail, told a court that the NIA was using delaying tactics to prolong their detention.

Indian troops launched cordon and search operations in Srigurfwara and Tral areas in South Kashmir.

In Washington, a delegation of eminent Sikh-Americans from various parts of the US presented a memorandum to the Indian embassy urging the Indian government to avoid escalation with Pakistan. The delegation, under the banner of California-based United Sikh Mission, also met nearly half a dozen lawmakers including Congressman Greg Pence, elder brother of the US Vice President, Mike Pence, seeking the US role in ensuring peace in South Asia.

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