Hurriyat forum concerned about continued detention of IIOJK leaders, activists

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Srinagar

In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed grave concern over the continued detention of Kashmiri political leadership, activists and others across jails of India and the territory.

The Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said that leaders, activists and others including Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmed, Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Pir Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Syed Shahid Yusuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmed, Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Er Rasheed, Zahoor Ahmed Watali and others have completed four years of imprisonment in the infamous Tihar Jail in Delhi.

The forum said the health condition of Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam who is in Tihar Jail, is extremely bad and his wife and young daughters are facing multiple difficulties at home.

The forum termed it tragic that these prisoners are being detained and for their political outlook while there is deliberate delay in hearing of cases against them in courts.

“In the last four years not even once have their cases come up for hearing. It is as if their fundamen-tal human rights cease to exist in an authoritarian environment,” it added.

Similarly, Muhammad Yasin Malik is in jail for more than two years now and Shabbir Ahmad Shah for more than four, the statement said and appealed to the citizens of India and rights organizations across the globe to raise their voice for the immedi-ate and honourable release of IIOJK political lead-ers, activists, youth and others incarcerated for years now in various prisons in India and J&K.

The forum also paid rich tribute to the sacrifices of Sheikh Abdul Aziz on his 13th martyrdom anni-versary.

Remembering the sacrifices of SheikhAb-dul Aziz and other comrades martyred on August 11, 2008, the forum reiterated its commitment to continue the peaceful and just resolution of the Kashmir conflict.

It condemned the repeated raids across the valley on those affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami organization by NIA.—KMS

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