Continued detention of Aasiya, associates denounced

Srinagar, May 22 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, and other Hurriyat leaders including Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Imtiaz Ahmed Reshi, Ghulam Nabi Waseem and Ghulam Nabi War have condemned the continued illegal detention of ailing Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief, Aasiya Andrabi, and her associates languishing in New Delhi’s Tihar jail.

The leaders in their statements in Srinagar said, “Despite being ill, DeM chief’s illegal detention is a glaring example of Indian government’s stubbornness and frustration.”

They said, “Besides Aasiya Andrabi, her husband Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo who continues to remain under arrest from the past 25 years is being deprived of proper medical treatment.”

The Leaders said that detaining Aasiya Andrabi along with her associates Naheeda Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi under false charges was a grave human rights violation. They urged the world human rights organizations to put pressure on India to release ailing Aasiya Andrabi and her associates without any further delay.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in a statement condemned the Indian authorities for not releasing party chief, Masarrat Aalam Butt, despite the fact that the court has quashed 37th draconian Public Safety Act and ordered his release. The statement termed it as the worst example of lawlessness and human rights violation.

Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement Chairman, Zafar Akbar Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar demanded the return of all Kashmiri political prisoners, kept in outside jails, to the Kashmir valley.

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