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Hurriyat (m) head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Saturday termed Kashmir as a “massive jail where the resistance leadership is not allowed to carry any activity be it political, social or religious”.
Delivering his keynote address at a program on “Prisoners Day – Youm-e-Aseeran and “ organised by Jammu Kashmir Awami Action Committee at Mirwaiz Manzil at Rajouri Kadal in Srinagar, Mirwaiz in a statement said, “Kashmir had been turned into a massive jail where all basic rights of the people are being trampled upon by the state and its agencies.”
Mirwaiz reminded the gathering that on this day (October 10) in year 1965, when late Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq was arrested and subjected to torture for standing up for the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the statement said.
“Shaheed-Millat had to serve jail for two-and-a-half-years and similar has been the fate of hundreds and thousands of youth, Hurriyat leaders and activists for the past 25 years who have stood up for cause of freedom who served detention or are still incardinated,” he said.
“Stifling the voice of the people, Indian forces and paramilitary troops had been empowered with draconian black laws, which abet them to unleash gruesome atrocities and get away with impunity. The meaning of democracy changes in Kashmir and the way the activities of the resistance leadership are curtailed, that was a clear message to the international community what was really happening in Kashmir,” he said.
Mirwaiz paid tributes to the Kashmir’s political prisoners serving jails in Kashmir and different Indian states and lauded their resolve, steadfastness and contributions toward the Kashmir cause. He said that the Hurriyat was duty bound to ensure that the sacrifices of the people of Kashmir do not go waste and the struggle reaches its logical conclusion
Mirwaiz also strongly condemned government restrictions on the peaceful activities senior resistance leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah and others.
During the program a resolution presented by the organization’s General Secretary, A M Zaki was passed on the ‘Yaum-e-Aseeran and Youm-e-Istiklal’.
It was resolved that the organization would appeal the United Nations and human rights organizations like the Amnesty International, Asia Watch, ICRC, and ask it to use its good offices to pressurize India for the immediate release of the Kashmiri political prisoners serving jails in Kashmir and different Indian states and ensure that jail manuals are followed as per the international standards, the statement said.
“During the program, it was resolved that the international community should be asked to play its role in the resolution of the Kashmir issue, which if not resolved would pose danger to regional peace,” the statement added.
Speakers expressed their concerns over the condition of Kashmiri political prisoners serving jails and detentions in Kashmir and different Indian and demanded their release.