Srinagar, May 11 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani has expressed grave concern over the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners at the hands of fascist rulers of India and jail administration in and outside Kashmir.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides a clear guideline for the governments of its member states, but India brazenly denies the same rights to the Kashmiri political prisoners.

Terming the Indian attitude as a mere political vendetta, he said Kashmir is a pure political dispute which can be settled according to the aspirations of the Kashmiri people by allowing them right to self-determination. Military solutions never last long and in presence of a million occupation forces, Kashmir has been turned in a hell like jail where people suffer and live in a suffocated environment, he asserted.

Condemning the use of brute force against the people, especially the youth at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar on first Friday prayers of the holy month of Ramadan, the APHC Chairman warned that pushing the youth to the wall shall have grave consequences for which the occupation authorities would be responsible.

Expressing solidarity with all the illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists languishing in different jails of India and the territory, he condemned the ruthless and inhuman behaviour of the jail authorities towards them.

Giving details of the prisoner’s plight, Syed Ali Gilani said even during the holy month of Ramdan, the detainees are kept in solitary confinement in small cells without basic amenities.

Hailing the strong commitment and steadfastness of all these prisoners including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt, Dr Hamid Fayaz, Dr Shafi Sharyati, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Aasiya Andrabi, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Fehmeeda Sofi, Naheeda Nasreen and Muhammad Yousuf Mir, he said that the precious sacrifices given by the detainees who had been languishing in jails like Tihar, Jodhpur, Jajjar and Kupwara provided a base stone for the freedom movement.

He appealed to the international rights organizations to visit the jails and have on spot observations of the ill-treatment and heinous violations of prisoners’ rights.


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