‘Every Country Releases Prisoners on Holy Occasions, but the Process has been Closed in J&K’



Strongly condemning the arrest of a civilian Latif Ahmad Bhat of Sopore and vandalizing and looting of precious articles from the residence of a youth Waseem Ahmad Bhat allegedly by army, octogenarian Syed Ali Geelani demanded release of all the political prisoners including Masarat Alam Bhat, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo, Mir Hafizullah, Abdullah Nasir, Zubair Ahmad Turray, Fayaz Ahmad Lone and life term serving Dr Mohammad Qasim, Gh Qadir Bhat, Dr Mohammad Shafi Sharity, Mohammad Amin Dar, Mohammad Ishaq Pall, Mohammad Sayed Bhat, Muzaffar Ahmad Wani and Farouz Ahmad before Eid.

“Along with the other election promises, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed also backed out from his claim regarding the release of the prisoners and only a single political leader was released during his period but he was once again imprisoned on the pressure of the BJP,” Geelani said, according to a Hurriyat (g) statement.

“The army has once again become pro-active in the valley and they have started harassing the common people on 1990s pattern. An Ikhwani informer namely Jaleel is working with Indian Army in the Tarzoo Sopore Camp and with the help of army, he has made the lives of the people living in that area a hell. A civilian Lateef Ahmad Bhat of Tarzoo Sopore was arrested by the army on his direction and later he was shifted to SOG cargo where he was subjected to worst kind of custodial torture. The army raided the house of another youth of Tarzoo, Waseem Ahmad Bhat and went berserk there and vandalized his entire house and looted precious items there,” Geelani alleged.

He demanded release of all the political prisoners before the upcoming Eid and said, “every country has a tradition of releasing the prisoners on the Eid eve but this process has been closed in the Jammu & Kashmir.”

He also demanded the shifting of all the Kashmiri Tihar Jail detainees including Dr Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Tariq Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Rafiq Shah, Javaid Fazali and Muzaffar Ahmad and further said, “majority of them have been framed in false and baseless charges and although the judiciary is also not impartial here so their imprisonment is prolonging there.” Hurriyat Conference (g), the statement said appealed the Amnesty International and other human rights organization to take serious notice of the conditions of the Kashmiri detainees and use their influence for their release.


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