Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohd Ashraf Sehraie, on Saturday expressed his deep pain and concern over the prolonged detention of Kashmiri political leaders, activists and youth and said, “A person cannot be held in continued detention without a reason for long”.
The spokesman said that while expressing his grave concern about the unabated use of administrative detention where hundreds of Kashmiris have been held under “administrative detention’, without being charged or even told what crimes they are suspected of having committed.
Sehraie, added that despite India being a signatory to the “Geneva Convention on political prisoners is in breach of its international obligations by excessively relying on administrative detention”, he said, Delhi imprisons people for committing politically motivated offenses, defining them as criminals or threat to state , and never does formally acknowledge holding “political prisoners” within its prison system.
Sehraie said, the draconian laws like PSA and AFSPA are invariably invoked to deny freedom of expression and freedom of demand of Birth Right (RSD).The administration is practicing all the methods of “coercion, and arm twisting” to crush the people’s resistance but let me reiterate and convey to establishment that the people of Kashmir and their sentiment cannot be crushed down by anything.
He (Sehraie) demanded the release of political prisoners implicated in different “concocted cases” and shifting of political prisoners outside state on the basis of mere political vendetta’ and ‘putting hundreds into prison including those who had been arrested before conducting elections.