Gradual release of pro-freedom leaders begins

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SRINAGAR: While the situation in the Valley is re­storing towards normalcy after an intense unrest of over five months, the gov­ernment is all set to release all the political prisoners in a gradual process.

Sources told KNS that the government after exam­ining the overall situation has decided to start release process of Hurriyat and other pro-freedom leaders and other political prison­ers who have been lodged in different police stations and jails across the state.

In a related move the authorities have released Hurriyat leader Ghulam Muhammad Hubi last week who was slapped with PSA, Hurriyat (M) media advisor Shahid-ul-Islam who was under house arrest from the past 150 days.

Similarly, in the other move, the authorities also released JKLF vice chair­man Bashir Ahmed Bhat, who was lodged at Rajbagh police station.

Informed sources re­vealed to KNS that as the situation improves further the authorities are likely to release other prominent leaders including Shabir Ahmed Shah, Noor Muham­mad Kalwal, Mohd Rafiq Ganaie of Muslim League, Showkat Bakshi of JKLF and other political detain­ees. The release of Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar who has been lodged at Kot-Balwal Jammu may also be release in the days to come, sources added. (KNS)

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