SRINAGAR — The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Tuesday expressed great concern and regret that Kashmiri political leadership, activists and others continue to be jailed by the authorities in various jails across India.
The APHC in a statement 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 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.
The 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 a “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,” the statement added.
“Similarly, Muhammad Yasin Malik is in jail for more than two years now and Shabir Ahmad Shah for more than four.”
The APHC has appealed to the citizens of India and the various national and international human rights organisations to raise their voice for the “immediate and honourable” release of Jammu and Kashmir’s political leaders, activists, youth and others incarcerated for years in various prisons across J&K and mainland India.
The APHC also paid tributes to late Sheikh Abdul Aziz on his 13th “martyrdom anniversary”. Remembering the sacrifices of Sheikh Abdul Aziz and his fellows killed on August 11, 2008, the amalgam reiterated its commitment to “continue the peaceful and just resolution of the Kashmir conflict”.
The APHC also expressed its concern over the repeated raids across the valley on those affiliated with Jamaat-e-Islami by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) earlier this week.