Geelani Seeks Release of Political Prisoners Before Eid

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has strongly condemned the detention of Mohammad Yousuf Falahi district president Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Shopian and demanded  immediate release of all political prisoners before Eid-ul-Azha.

According to a statement, Geelani while strongly criticizing the administration for  slapping  Public Safety Act  against Mohammad Yousuf Falahi has said that ‘even  tyrant rulers and governments do release the prisoners on such occasions but contrary to this   Chief Minister Omer Abdullah’s government has decided to go against the practice and continue with its repressive measures.

Geelani expressed his resentment against the arrest of Falahi and said that he has done nothing wrong except he resented and joined the voice against the brutal killing of five innocent youth in Gagaran Shopian.

Geelani emphasized for the release of all political detainees and said that state administration while defying court orders is bringing disgrace for the established judicial procedure. Referring the cases with respect to  Masarat Aalam Bhat ,Mir Hafiz Ullah and Shakeel Ahmad Bhat ,Syed Ali Geelani said that after perusing their cases in court of law they were acquitted ,however the police in arrogance of power responded otherwise and denied to honor the court orders and imposed  PSA and  rearrested them for the same allegations.

Falahi was just released two months before, said Geelani and added that in the meanwhile in a gruesome act five innocent youths were butchered at Gagran Shopian, the statement reads.

“Those killed were civilians including a labor from Bihar, namely Aalam Din. Falahi being a well-known figure in Shopian joined the people’s resentment and demanded removal of CRPF camp at Gagran. Geelani said that it is highly deplorable that instead of taking action against those involved in brutal killings, the administration has adopted  double standard and in its arbitrary move  slapped PSA and detained Falahi.”

The spokesman of Hurriyat (G) quoting Geelani said it is sheer lawlessness that Omar leads a state where virtually no law prevails. “The misuse of PSA is rampant, however Omar Abdullah led administration has surpassed all limits and added that since last three years the black law was imposed against 1257 and subsequently detained.”

Geelani said though we are celebrating the Eid but hundreds of our youth are languishing in different jails and even no cases have been registered against them and to prolong their detention they are not even produced in courts.

Paying tributes and  saluting the commitment and dedication of  Mohammad Shaban(Kulgam) , Dr Mohammad Qasim Faktoo , Doctor Ghulam Mohammad Bhat , Ghulam Qadir Bhat ,  Dr. Mohammad Shafi Khan Sharyatee , Mohammad Ayub Dar, Mohammad Ayoob Mir, Mohammad Sayeed Butt, Fayaz Ahmad Shah , Mohammad Yasin Yatoo , Manzoor Ahmed Khan , Mohammad Yousuf Dar , Hilal Ahmad Palla , Mohammad Latif Dar , Manzoor Ahmad Wani, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat , Omar Shaban , Sabzar Ahmad Bhat , Nisar Ahmad Bhat , Peer Mohammad Ashraf , Bashir Ahmad Wani, Fayaz Ahmad Talaq, Tariq Ahmad Shah , Abdul Hai , Imtiyaz Ahmad Gojri, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Roof Ahmed, Manzoor Ahmed Chiloo , Muzafar Ahmad Mir, Gulzar Ahmed Tantray , Muzafar Ahmad Dar, Sabzar Ahmad Pala , Mohammad Amin Wani , Sajad Ahmed , Tariq Ahmed Dar, Mirza Nisar Ahmed, Mohammad Ali Butt,  Sami Ullah Sheikh  , Ali Mohammad Sheikh, Sheikh Rafiq Ahmad , Nisar Ahmad Khan , Javed Ahmad Munshi, Yasser Maqbool, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, Syed Ali Geelani said that these  valiant sons have served a great part of their lives for the  sacred cause .Syed Ali Geelani  felicitated all detainees on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha and  said people do remember these and seek and pray for  their early release. International norms lay that they are political prisoners and their trial under criminal procedure cannot be justified. Kashmir is a disputed and conflict zone, said Syed Ali Geelani and stressed Amnesty International and Red Cross Committee to use their influence for immediate release of all prisoners. Syed Ali Geelani while commenting over the role of OIC asked to feel their responsibility and take notice of plight of suppressed Kashmiris.

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