The APHC chairman and the President of Jammu & Kashmir Tahreek e Hurriyat (TeH), Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said that the Indian authorities are prolonging the illegal detention of Hurriyat leaders and activists to suppress Kashmiris’ movement for securing the right of Self-Determination.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani visited the residence of illegally detained liberation leader, Abdul Aziz Dar at Saida Kadal and enquired about the health of his ailing mother.
“Abdul Aziz Dar has spent almost 20 years in jail during which he passed through several personal losses like martyrdom of his father Maulana Muhammad Siddique and now his mother is also on death bed. The jail authorities are delaying his release. One of his brothers was also martyred during the ongoing freedom struggle. He himself is an embodiment of sacrifices and firm determination,” Geelani said.
Geelani also said that another illegally detained Kashmiri Hurriyat leader, Ghulam Nabi Sumjhi continued to be in jail for years despite the fact that the court had ordered his release.
“Sumjhi’s daughter is suffering from cancer and his own health has deteriorated,” Geelani added.
Geelani said that a youth, Manzoor Ahmad Khan was under illegal detention for past one and a half years during which his father and wife passed away. “Despite this tragedy he was not released,” he said.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani urged the international human rights organisations, especially Amnesty International to take cognisance of the detainees’ plight and exert pressure on India for their immediate release.
Senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM), Zafar Akbar Butt has said that the people of Kashmir had given matchless sacrifices to achieve their inalienable right of Self-Determination and their struggle will not be allowed to go waste.
Zafar Akbar Butt visited Gandarbal and Gulshannagar in connection with mass contact campaign and expressed solidarity with the relatives of illegally detained Hurriyat activists.
He said that the brute use of force by the authorities and illegal detentions could not prevent the people of Kashmir from their just struggle, adding that the liberation movement would be taken to its logical conclusion despite all odds.
He urged India to give up its rigid stance towards Kashmir and create conducive environment for tripartite talks to settle the Kashmir dispute. The APHC leader also demanded Kashmiris’ inclusion in the talks process between Pakistan and India.
Gautam Navlakha, whom the authorities denied entry into occupied Kashmir, said that New Delhi is directly controlling all the matters of the territory.
Having been detained at the Srinagar airport before being sent back to Delhi, Gautam Navlakha in a media interview said that the Indian government and the occupation authorities in the territory were extremely jittery about what turn events would take in Kashmir.
He said that barring my entry into Kashmir indicated that the valley had been placed out of bounds for human rights groups. “The Indian government and the authorities are suffocating the people of Kashmir and their leaders,” he added.
“If this is the response to an ordinary activist like me, one can very well imagine what the real situation in Kashmir must be like,” he maintained.