RepublicDay: Plight of Kashmiri Political Prisoners “Reality Check of Republic,” says Mirwaiz


Bilal Bashir Bhat
Srinagar, Jan 26 (Only Kashmir): Terming the plight of Kashmiri political prisoners’ lodged in different jails in and outside the Kashmir Valley as “reality check of the republic,” the Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on the occasion of 70th Republic Day under tagline #FreeKashmirPrisoners launched an online campaign.
In a series of tweets, Mirwaiz said, “As India celebrates becoming a Republic, its autocratic rule over #Kashmir goes on! Thousands of Kashmiri’s continue to languish in its various #jails under its draconian black laws and new ones are added each day!
A brief glimpse into the life of some of our prisoners of conscience, a reality check of the republic, as leadership launches the #FreeKashmirPrisoners campaign.”

Under Social Media tagline #FreeKashmirPrisoners, Mirwaiz also posted the pictures of several political prisoners containing their details among them Dr. Qasim Faktoo, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Shahid ul Islam, Nayeem Khan, Sarjan Barkati and others.
Earlier on Friday, Mirwaiz while addressing a mammoth gathering at Jama Masjid Srinagar questioned the silence of rights organizations across the globe and in India that stand for upholding the rights of prisoners especially those that are in prisons for their political beliefs as the political prisoners from J&K.

Mirwaiz said it is unfortunate that none of the rights organizations have visited the various jails in J&K and across India where Kashmiri prisoners are lodged in dismal conditions despite repeated appeals by leadership and activists about their plight and the continued detention of hundreds despite completing their sentence.
He said that majority of Kashmiri prisoners have been shifted from Valley to various Indian prisons in brazen violation of the of the Geneva convention that lays emphasis on keeping the prisoners in prisons closer to their homes and also its own Supreme Court verdict.
Giving details Mirwaiz said that at least 38 political prisoners are lodged in various jails even after completing their sentence. Mirwaiz said that the state also uses its institutions like NIA and ED against leadership and activists to put them in jails without any evidence or on fake charges.
Mirwaiz urged the UNHRC and other human rights organizations that include Asia watch, ICRC, Amnesty International to focus their attention on the grave misuse of state and military power against those with dissenting political beliefs and their inhuman treatment and prolonged detention in jails. Mirwaiz also urged them to use their good offices to ask GOI for the release of all these detainees. (OK)