Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has expressed his serious concern over the deteriorating health condition of incarcerated Muhammad Yasin Malik and warned if any untoward happens to JKLF chairman, New Delhi shall have to face the consequences. He also condemned the continued grilling of his elder son Dr. Nayeem Geelani by NIA at New Delhi.
In a statement issued to GNS, Geelani said that people all over the world are fighting for their political rights but the state of Jammu & Kashmir is the only exception where the political voices are being crushed through “biased” investigating agencies which are not spearing even family members of the resistance leaders.
“By crushing the legitimate movement through military might, Indian authorities tried their best to muzzle our voice but have utterly failed to do so,” he said, adding that no power on earth can deter us from our much cherished goal of right to self-determination.
Hurriyat (G) chairman expressed serious concern over the plight of prisoners in and outside J&K jails, and said that Government of India has waged war against Kashmiris on every front.
He said that many pro-freedom people are arrested in the name of “terror funding” and are languishing in Tihar jail without any legal aid.
In the statement, Geelani mentioned Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad and businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali.
“Even the females Syeda Asiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi and Nahida Nasreen are not spared. They too face the wrath of oppression and are lodged in far flung jails in India particularly Tihar jail,” he said.
Geelani further said: “On one hand, Samjhota Express bomb blast accused, even after accepting his crime, is bailed out, just because those killed were from a particular religion and region, and on the other hand, every conscious Kashmiri, not willing to became the turncoat and stooges of the ruling class, is intimidated, maimed, arrested and even eliminated.”
“Our prisoners are making history with their courage, steadfastness, patience and commitment, particularly those facing life imprisonment like Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Khan Shariati, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Feroz Ahmad Bhat, Bilal Ahmad Kota, Bashir Ahmad Baba, Sheikh Nazir Ahmad, Mohammad Ayoub Mir, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Ali Mohammad Bhat, Latief Ahmad Waja, Mirza Nisar, Ab. Gani Goni, Mehmood Topiwala, Javed Ahmad Khan, Parvez Ahmad Mir, Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Dr. Waseem and others,” he said.
He condemned the PSA on Masarat Aalam Bhat and others like Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Sarjan Barkati and recently Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Dr. Hameed Fayaz, Advocate Zahid Ali, Moulana Mushtaq Veeri and others.
Geelani appealed the international community, prisoner’s rights forums and human rights bodies to impress upon Indian authorities to “at least honour and obey their own laws and stop the revengeful attitude towards the political prisoners”