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One year of incarceration: Hurriyat (M) lauds ‘resistance’ leaders

Srinagar, July 25: Lauding the “courage and resilience” of its media advisor Advocate Shahidul Islam and others Hurriyat leaders including Shabir Ahmed Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Mehraj-u-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Shahid Yousuf and Zahoor Ahmed Watali for completing one year of imprisonment in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, Hurriyat Conference (M) on Wednesday said even after passage of one year, NIA has failed to prove anything against Shahid-Ul-Islam and others yet they continue to face “illegal” confinement, which is nothing but “political vendetta”.

A Hurriyat (M) spokesperson in a statement issued to GNS while commenting on the condition of Shahid-Ul-Islam, who has been lodged in ward 3 of Tihar jail as a high risk category prisoner, said that being a diabetic, Shahid is facing multiple health problems as he continues to lose body weight which is a matter of grave concern.

 

He said that the condition of other leaders is also quite bad and their health has also deteriorated as basic medical supplies are denied to them.

The spokesperson said that all of them have been kept with criminals in the notorious jail and as such, there is always a risk to their lives. “The jail authorities are deliberately denying basic facilities to Kashmiri prisoners to make them suffer amid the scorching heat,” he said.

The Hurriyat (M) also expressed serious concern over the plight of Asiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, and Nahida Nasreen who are also lodged in Tihar jail, and demanded the immediate and unconditional release of all Kashmiri prisoners.

The spokesperson said that the leadership will not be cowed down nor will it be intimidated by Govt of India’s tactics of using NIA, ED and others agencies to “pressurize and harass” them.

“The demand for the resolution of Kashmir dispute and right to self-determination will continue to be raised till it is granted to us. Sooner or later the Kashmir dispute has to be addressed. No amount of repression harassment intimidation or fear can change that fact,” he said.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) paid rich tributes to two slain armed youth Abid Hussian Bhat and Adil Ahmed Dar killed in an encounter at Lal Chowk Anantnag, stating that youth are offering priceless sacrifices and the people of Kashmir and the leadership is duty bound to protect and take forward the “mission of martyrs”.

The amalgam also strongly condemned the arrest of its senior leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and his associate Muhammad Ashiq and lodging them in police station Sher Bagh. (GNS)