APHC Seeks Release Of Mirwaiz, Other Political Leaders

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Mirwaiz Umer Farooq – File Pic

Srinagar: Expressing concern over the continued detention of political leaders and the youth, the Hurriyat Conference Tuesday sought release of Chairman by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and all other prisoners who have no criminal records.

In a statement issued here today, a Hurriyat Conference spokesperson said that the amalgam was greatly concerned for the life and safety of political prisoners and youth locked up in jails in J&K and other states of India, including Tihar, Agra and Jodhpur.

“As the number of coronavirus cases is rapidly rising in India, it makes these prisoners more vulnerable, especially the elderly and infirm among them,” the spokesperson said.

He said that all the prisoners who are no criminals should be immediately released and sent home to ensure their safety, ahead of the holy month of Ramzan.

“Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who is under arbitrary house arrest since 5th August 2019, along with all other leaders should be released,” the spokesperson said.

The Hurriyat spokesperson also condemned the harassment of Kashmiri journalists, especially freelance photojournalist Masarat Zahra and the Hindu correspondent Peerzada Aashiq. He said the journalists were repeatedly being pressurized even as they are reporting in very constricting environment

Extending greetings to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the coming holy month of Ramzan, the Hurriyat Conference spokesperson said that people were grappling with coronavirus pandemic as well as the suspension of basic rights.

“We pray that may this holy month bring an end to both,” he added.

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