Joint Hurriyat expresses concern over Kashmiri prisoners plight, holds protest march
Srinagar, Jan 11: Joint Hurriyat leadership Syed Ali Geelani, Dr. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik on Friday expressed their serious concern about the ‘pathetic condition’ of prisoners in and outside Jammu and Kashmir, especially in Tihar Jail. In a statement issued here, the Hurriyat said that despite being political prisoners they are denied every right guaranteed in the national or international jail manual. “Revengeful attitude of the rulers in Delhi has crossed every limit of heartlessness and in sensitivity. They willfully prolong their stay in jails through judicial victimization,” they said. “The slow and humiliating judicial process has ruined the life of so many young innocents and those who were arrested on factious cases are yet to be augmented with the documentary evidence of their ‘crimes’,” they said. They said that Sang Parivaar is only prolonging their custody using judicial tools and Shabir Ahamad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahamad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahamad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahamad Dar, Shahid Yousaf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahamad Watali, Asia Andrabi, Fahmeedah Sofi, Naheedah Nasreen and others continue to bear the brunt of this victimization for more than a year now and the list of fake witnesses more than 300, and “with such a judicial pace is same it may need more than 50 years for judicial pears to testify their charges.” Giving details of the inhuman treatment meted out with the incarcerated resistance leaders and activists, leadership said “it is unfortunate that the fascist ruling class treat our leaders like professional criminals in their jails which have been turned into worst centres of interrogation.” Later, the Hurriyat leaders and activists also staged a protest demonstration in Srinagar demanding the release of political prisoners. Scores of the leaders and activists assembled outside the Mosque at Abi Guzar in Srinagar and raised anti-governmental and Pro-freedom slogans. The protestors sought the release of all political prisoners.