Srinagar, August 01, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said the move by the State Administrative Council (SAC) to delete a provision in the black law, Public Safety Act, reflects the Indian authorities’ prejudice against the Kashmiri prisoners.
The said PSA clause barred local authorities from shifting Kashmiri residents from the occupied territory to the jails in India. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar slammed the authorities for their rude and heartless approach against the Kashmiri detainees, who are needlessly harassed and intimidated on one pretext or the other. He also cautioned people about future detrimental proposals of New Delhi and their puppets and called for jointly fighting against this lawlessness.
The APHC Chairman said that the occupation authorities were even flouting the directives of the Indian Supreme Court which says that a prisoner should be kept in the jail nearest to the place of his residence. “The families and even children of the detainees are badly suffering as the prisoners are lodged in jails outside the Kashmir Valley and despite court rulings, hundreds of those detained were unnecessarily shifted, thus facing adverse situations and scorning and harsh temperatures,” he said.
Syed Ali Gilani said, Indian leaders follow their bigoted dogma and their approach is quite brutal and haughty. He termed it heart-wrenching that several innocents were detained for long periods on frivolous charges.
Citing the cases where Indian judiciary has failed to deliver justice to the Kashmiris, the APHC Chairman said that the cases related to Muhammad Maqbool Butt, Muhammad Afzal Guru, rape and murder of Aasifa, double murder and rape of Aasiya and Neelofar and human shield case. He said that these cases were glaring examples of Indian judiciary’s biased approach against the Kashmiris. “We have bitter experience that Indian judiciary instead of delivering justice and bringing culprits to book, is providing safe passage to the culprits,” he said.
Syed Ali Gilani appealed to the Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other world human rights organizations to take cognizance of the plight of the Kashmiri detainees and use influence for their release. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in a statement in Srinagar denounced the ill treatment being meted out to political detainees at Udhampur jail in Jammu. It said that two inmates Muhammad Ali and Feroz Ahmed Dar were critically injured after being tortured by the jail authorities. The JKML said that the lives of Kashmiri prisoners were at risk in all Indian jails.
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