Jammu and Kashmir APHC concerned over continuous detention of political leaders, raids...

APHC concerned over continuous detention of political leaders, raids on Jamat-e-Islami

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All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Tuesday expressed great concern and regret that Kashmiri political leadership, activists and others continue to be jailed by the authorities, across various jails of India.

APHC in a statement issued to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), 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.

It 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 and hardships including psychological issues.

APHC termed it tragic that for such a long period of time, these prisoners are being detained and are languishing in jails mostly 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 fundamental human rights cease to exist in an authoritarian environment. Similarly Muhammad Yasin Malik is in jail for more than two years now and Shabir Ahmad Shah for more than four,” the statement said.

APHC appealed to the citizens of India and to rights Organizations as well as to international human rights organizations and all nations across the globe, who believe in human rights and justice to raise their voice for the immediate and honorable release of Jammu and Kashmir’s political leaders, activists, youth and others incarcerated for years now in various prisons across India and J&K.

APHC also paid tributes to the sacrifices of Sheikh Abdul Aziz on his 13th “martyrdom anniversary”. Remembering the sacrifices of Sheikh Abdul Aziz and other comrades killed on August 11, 2008. APHC reiterated its “commitment to continue the peaceful and just resolution of the Kashmir conflict.”

APHC also expressed its concern over the repeated raids across the valley on those affiliated with jamaat-e-Islami organization by NIA. (KNO)

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