Month: November 2017
In occupied Kashmir, senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Agha Syed Hasan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi has expressed concern over the reports of thrashing and injuring Kashmiri prisoners of New Delhi’s Tihar jail.
According to media sources, Agha Syed Hasan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi in a statement issued in Srinagar said beating and injuring prisoners inside jails is a shameful act and needs not only condemnation but also direct action from human rights groups.
He added that the jail authorities of Tihar jail were unnecessarily harassing and thrashing Kashmiri detainees on one pretext or the other to weaken their freedom sentiment but would never succeed. He said that the liberation movement would be taken to its logical conclusion at all costs.
In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in Pulwama district, today, against ruthless thrashing of some locals by Indian troops, last night.
According to media sources, people took to the streets in Aglar Kandi area of the district and staged forceful protests against the brutalities of the troops. The protesters raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has expressed serious concern over the plight of hundreds of illegally detained Kashmiris languishing in New Delhi’s Tihar jail and other jails of India and the occupied territory.
According to media sources, the resistance leaders in a joint statement issued in Srinagar said, the jail authorities are badly treating the Kashmiri prisoners in complete violation of the jail manual. They condemned the thrashing of prisoners in Tihar jail and said that the ghastly act had put the lives of all Kashmiri political prisoners at risk.
The leaders appealed to international organisations including the UN Human Rights Commission, Asia Watch and the Amnesty International to take cognizance of the matter and help ensure safety and security of prisoners as well as suitable medical treatment to those injured in the recent thrashing incident.
Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik demanded shifting of the Kashmiri prisoners to jails in the Kashmir Valley to save them from being subjected to vengeance. Despite sufficient accommodation in local jails, Kashmiri detainees are shifted to outside jails and as such their families face immense difficulties to meet them, they said.
The resistance leaders pointed out that the Indian government even ignores the ruling of its Supreme Court regarding prisoners wherein it has clearly directed the authorities to lodge the detainees in their home cities. “The thrashing incident in Tihar jail is as an extremely inhuman and immoral act,” they said and blamed the authorities for their bigoted mindset saying that these cowardly attacks are being carried on their directions.
The leaders condemned thrashing of Syed Shahid Yusuf, the son of Syed Salahuddin, in high-security ward of Tihar jail, saying on the behest of jail authorities, the criminals are attacking and taking extreme steps against the Kashmiri detainees. “These criminals have admitted that they are carrying out the orders of jail administration and attacked and injured the Kashmiri prisoners,” they added.
The resistance leaders said that the attack on Syed Shahid Yusuf and other prisoners was carried out by the jail administration. 18 detainees were injured by the Tamil Nadu Police deputed in Tihar jail, they said, adding that Dr Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Ahtisham, Shazad Ahmed, Muhammad Subhan, Muhammad Aslam Wani and Dr Waseem are lodged in the same ward.
The Convener of AJK chapter of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat forum, Syed Faiz Naqashbandi has expressed serious concern over the miserable plight of illegally detained Kashmiris lodged in various prisons of Jammu region and in Delhi’s infamous Tihar jail.
According to media sources, Syed Faiz Naqashbandi in a meeting with a group of journalists in Islamabad said, the torture of the over a dozen Kashmiri political prisoners in Tihar Jail is a matter of serious concern. He said that harassing and thrashing of the detainees by the authorities continued unabated and in a recent incident, Shahid Yousuf, son of Syed Salahuddin, and a youth Ahtesham Ahmad of Sopore were beaten to pulp.
The attack on prisoners was carried out by the jail administration and at least 18 prisoners were injured by the Tamil Nadu Special Police, deputed in Tihar jail, he said.
Syed Faiz Naqashbandi also expressing serious concern over the deteriorating health of senior Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, in the jail said the ghastly act had put the lives of all Kashmiri political prisoners in danger.
He said that such cheap tactics could not suppress the freedom sentiment of the people of Kashmir and they would continue their liberation movement till complete success.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has expressed grave concern over the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners in Indian jails and interrogation centers.
According to media sources, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani in a statement issued in Islamabad said that Indian authorities rule the roost by unleashing unimaginable inhuman terror on the Kashmiris for their just and peaceful demand for right to self-determination. He strongly condemned oppression on the people of occupied Kashmir in or outside of the prisons under different tyrannical laws to force them to submission.
He said, the party General Secretary, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, who is languishing in Kot Bhalwal jail, Jammu, under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), and is suffering from Asthma for long has been deprived of basic facilities and necessary treatment, resulting in further deterioration of his health.
Muhammad Farooq Rehmani strongly condemned physical and mental torture of the Kashmiri detainees in jails and thrashing of political prisoners including Shahid Yousuf, son of United Jehad Council Chief Syed Salahuddin, as confirmed by a report of the Delhi High Court. He deplored that the bodies of the beaten prisoners were bleeding when they were seen by the other inmates. Their beating and, leaving them bleed by the Tamil Nadu Special Police in Tihar jail has rightly infuriated the people and, sent shock waves across Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
The JKPFL Chairman urged the Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch to impress upon the UN and the UNCHR to take immediate cognizance of the threatening human rights conditions of Kashmir and in particular of the predicament of the Kashmiri detainees and prisoners in Indian jails and interrogation centers and pay visit to all such jails where Kashmiri prisoners have been detained. He said if any detainee is released by a court he is rearrested by police forthwith.
Farooq Rehmani said, Kashmir is a lingering dispute and the resolutions on Kashmir give the UN right to make India accountable on its treatment and human rights questions, failing which an entire generation is under threat in Indian repressive hands. Besides, regional tension may lead to any mishap between the two atomic states in South Asia, he added.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir has strongly condemned the use of brute force on people and damaging their properties by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Hajin area of Bandipora district, the other day.
According to media sources, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the troops also vandalized the household goods at the residence of Hurriyat leader, Abdul Hameed Parray, while he himself has been languishing in jail for last two years under draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA).
In occupied Kashmir, student delegations that met India-appointed interlocutor, Dineshwar Sharma, in Islamabad town, were left dismayed as they got no answers to the questions they posed to him.
According to media sources, Dineshwar Sharma was on his second visit to south Kashmir. He made his first one to Pulwama district. He met over 30 delegations from different walks of society in Islamabad town. Though media persons were not allowed inside the venue, delegations from pro-India parties, civil society and student groups met him.
The delegations, mostly students, sought resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the Kashmiris’ aspirations, release of political prisoners and youth and withdrawal of cases against them, apart from demanding withdrawal of Indian troops from occupied Kashmir, end to human rights violations, repeal of draconian laws, ban on use of pellet guns and free movement of people and goods across the Line of Control.
The students who talked to media after their meeting with Sharma said that they were disappointed with the response they got while they tried to highlight some genuine issues before the interlocutor.
“I talked about use of pellet guns. I asked him (Sharma) how come a gun used on animals in other parts of the world is used on us despite the fact that you call us your own kids,” a student said, requesting anonymity.
Another student said that he and his college-mates raised the issue of students being booked under different cases during the students’ protests earlier this year.
A girl student said that she spoke about a respectful resolution of the Kashmir dispute because the student community remained affected due to the unresolved dispute.
The students said that Sharma only listened to such points raised by them and when he was asked for answers, he had none.
“When the point of scrapping of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and other draconian laws was raised by the students, Sharma said that he was not authorized to reply and that he would just hear and prepare a sincere report,” the students said, adding that they were well aware of whatever happened to the reports of interlocutors appointed earlier.
“He told us that the gun was not a solution and that he was a firm believer in that. Unfortunately we have been listening to such sermons for ages now,” the students said.