Release all political prisoners before Eid: Geelani


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While demanding the release of all the political prisoners including Masarat Alam Bhat, Amir Hamzah, Mushtaq-Ul-Islam, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Abdullah Nasir, Abdul Gani Bhat, Assadullah Parray, Javaid Ahmad Falay, Nisar Ahmad Bhat, Abdul Majeed Lone, Showkat Hakeem, Manzoor Ahmad Wani, Mehraj-ud-Din Nandah, Molvi Sajad and Mohammad Yaseen Yatoo before the Eid-Ul-Fitr, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani said that it is the tradition of even the cruel governments all over the world to release the prisoners at this occasion but in Jammu & Kashmir this tradition has been stopped a long time ago and the arrest spree is continue even in this holy month of Ramadan.

He also demanded that the cases of 44 detainees including Dr. Muhammad Qasim, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Mohammad Shafi Sheryati, Mohammad Amin Dar Banihal, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Engineer Farooq, Mohammad Amin Wani, Mohammad Ayoub Mir, Sharief-ud-Din Reasi, Mohammad Syed Bhat, Peer Fayaz and Abdul Waheed Naik Banihal should be relooked on humanitarian grounds and their sentences should be ended who have been sentenced for life in false cases and who are in different jails of the state and India.

In Sunday’s press statement, Hurriyat chairman said that there are still 690 persons detained in jails and 149 of them are in outside state jails where they are denied the basic facilities of the life. 60 percent of them are in preventive custody and are in prison without trial and others whose cases are in courts are deliberately not taken for the hearings on one pretext or other and in this way their detentions get prolonged.

Geelani sahib said that many detainees who are in prison from a very long time have developed different ailments and there is no proper and adequate treatment available to them in jails. A detainee Ghulam Qadir Bhat who is in prison from last 20 years is suffering from back pain and he has become the diabetic and hypertensive patient while as another detainee Mohammad Amin Dar Banihal who is also in prison from last 20 years is also suffering from a serious disease which can’t be treated in jail.

Hurriyat (G) chairman also demanded immediate release of Tihar jail detainees Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Tariq Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Rafiq Shah and Javaid Ahmad Fazli and said that Mr. Bhat had applied for pay-roll, he was not only denied the pay-roll but the NIA gave the misleading information to the court that if Mr. Bhat is given the pay-roll he will terrorize the witnesses.

Geelani said that Tihar jail is proving Guantanamo prison for Kashmiris where they are not only tortured by the jail staff but they are left sole on the mercy of the professional criminals. Kashmiri detainees are often attacked there and in these attacks they even got injured. Hurriyat chairman said that the Kashmir issue is the internationally accepted political dispute whose disputed nature has been accepted by the UN charter, so any prisoner related to this dispute is having the status of political prisoner and they are eligible for all those facilities which have been set for the detainees of the conflict zones of the world. He said that registering criminal cases against these prisoners and announcing punishments for them is an open violation of international laws which doesn’t have any moral or constitutional justification.

Geelani appealed the Amnesty International and other human rights organizations to use their influence in releasing the political prisoners of Kashmir so that after a long period they also can celebrate Eid with their families.


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