Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai today expressed serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri political detainees lodged in various jails in and outside the Valley.
In a statement here Sehrai said, “The political prisoners for no reason are implicated in fake cases and meted out ill-treatment in jails. They are denied basic amenities of life including medical aid.”
“It is appalling that a large number of prisoners are arbitrarily detained and slapped with draconian laws. These include youths, elderly people and the lone breadwinners of their families. This is against the Geneva Convention declaration for prisoners. Majority of prisoners lodged in state and outside state prisons are kept in inhuman conditions as well,” Sehrai said.
He said, “The continued and illegal incarceration of the leaders, activists and youths and shifting of prisoners from Jammu and Kashmir to outside jails is a blatant violation of the Supreme Court guidelines. The mass shifting of Kashmiri prisoners to outside state prisons is being done clandestinely even without informing the detainees’ families. This has added to the miseries’ of the parents whose loved ones have been languishing in jails for their only crime of demanding Kashmir resolution.”
Hailing the services and sacrifices rendered by prisoners, Sehrai said, “They have created laudable history and we salute them for their steadfastness, persistence and commitment.”
Sehrai has appealed to the international agencies and organizations for human rights to take cognizance of ‘unabated’ arrests, re-arresting of detainees.Meanwhile, Sehrai has strongly condemned the continuous and ‘arbitrary’ detention of JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik by the authorities, terming his frequent and prolonged incarcerations as ‘travesty of justice’.
Sehrai expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health of Muhammad Yasin Malik who has been admitted at SKIMS, Soura for treatment.