‘This is sad story of our father at Tihar Jail’
The daughters of illegally detained Hurriyat leader, Shahid-ul-Islam through a letter drew the attention of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, towards plight of their ailing father and other Hurriyat leaders languishing in New Delhi’s notorious Tihar jail.
The letter written by Shahidul Islam’s two daughter – Suzanne Shah and Sundas Shah – says, “Our father, a prominent political leader, is known for his pro-dialogue stance aimed at peaceful settlement of Kashmir… We never expected that peace-loving and moderate voices like him, will be treated so shabbily in the world’s largest democracy.
Following are some excerpts from the letter: “It was after eleven long months of a life like that of orphans, that we two sisters were able to see our beloved father – Advocate Aftab Hilali Shah aka Shahid-ul-Islam… presently languishing in Tihar Jail New Delhi.”
“Thanks to God, the Almighty and then to our mother, a source of strength to us in these testing times, who motivated our Daddy to allow us meet him in the jail. Despite our strong desire, Daddy was reluctant to meet us there.—KMS