Sehraie Rues Silence of Intl Bodies Over Pro-Freedom Leaders Detention

SRINAGAR — The Chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH), Mohammad Ashraf Sehraie, Monday rued the “silence” maintained by the international organizations for the failure to take note of “ ill-treatment” of the separatist leaders who are in detention in different jails.

He expressed “concern” over the deteriorating health and “illegal detention of pro-freedom leadership and activists.”

“Even after a passage of more than a year, the Investigation Agency (NIA) has failed to prove anything against incarcerated leaders languishing in Tihar jail. Yet they continue to face illegal confinement which is nothing more than a political vendetta,” he said.

He demanded the immediate release of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Asiya Indrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Aslam Wani, prominent businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali including Syed Shahid Yousuf and Syed Shakeel Ahmad.

He said these leaders had been “fabricated in fictious charges” and “as drama enacted by desperate government using the NIA to malign people’s movement and leadership in Kashmir to mislead international community and their own public.” “The move is an attempt to pressurize and intimidate the resistance leadership,” he said.

Sehraie said that detainees at Tihar jail are subjected to “political vengeance” and that “ those lodged in Tihar jail  have committed no offence other than to demand the basic birth right.”

He appealed to Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other international human rights organisations to take cognizance of the plight of “these detainees and use influence for their release.”

“Instead of producing the leaders before the court and submitting the charge sheet against them, their judicial remand is deliberately extended which is against the principle of justice and humanity. They have not been allowed to put forth their argument in defense which is a gross human rights violation,” he said.  “It is a brazen plot to prolong the illegal and unjustified detention.”

He also expressed grave concern over the worsening health condition of the incarcerated Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist Haji Bashir Ahmad Sofi of Baramulla and said he has been languishing in jail since 2016 despite “suffering  from several ailments.’ “ Bashir Ahmad Sofi is a heart patient and he must be provided complete medical assistance and we demand his immediate release.”



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