Srinagar, April 08, 2014 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has expressed serious concern over court decision of sentencing a Baramulla youth to life imprisonment saying that all pro-liberation Kashmiri prisoners are political prisoners and should not be tried in criminal cases because doing so is blatant violation of international laws.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement said that Maqsood Ahmad Butt of Mamoosa area of Pattan who was in custody for the past seven years was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Sessions Court Baramulla for his involvement in pro-liberation activities.
He said that while dealing with such cases one thing should be kept in mind that the Kashmir was a political and human issue and prisoners who were related to this issue were not criminals. “Actually they are fighting a war of ideology in which they do not have personal enmity with anybody and they should not be tried in criminal cases,” he added.
Syed Ali Gilani pointed out that more than 50 Kashmiri prisoners including Hurriyet leaders and activists, Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Dr Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Muhammad Amin Dar, Muhammad Ayoub Dar, Noor Muhammad Tantray, Muhammad Ayoub Mir, Muhammad Amin Wani, Feroz Ahmad Butt, Ghulam Muhammad Butt and Muhammad Ishaq Paul, had been sentenced to life term till now. “None of them were ever involved in any criminal activity, but were active members of pro-liberation movement,” he added.
The veteran leader also expressed deep concern over not sending back to Pakistan the Pakistani prisoners languishing in Indian jails that had been either acquitted by the courts or had completed their sentence. He appealed to the Pakistani High Commissioner in New Delhi, Abdul Basit, to seriously look into this matter and use his influence in repatriation of these prisoners.
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