Lives of inmates in jeopardy, says Malik
Srinagar: Terming the condition of inmates languishing in various jails of JK and other states as ‘miserable’, Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik on Wednesday said that “rulers and their authorities have actually declared a war against people of Kashmir.”
According to a statement issued here, Malik said that “in all aspect of life, Kashmiris are facing discrimination, apathy and oppression at the hands of state which is treating Jammu Kashmir as its colony.”
“Being a signatory to the Geneva Convention on prisoner rights, it was obligatory on the part of the authorities to recognize rights of Kashmiri prisoners but contrary to this, the state is suppressing Kashmiri inmates and subjecting them to worst torture, cruelty and apathy and putting the lives of these inmates in jeopardy,” he said
Terming the health condition of senior resistance leaders Shabir Ahmad Dar (chairman Muslim Conference-S) and Siraj Ud din (deputy chief organizer JKLF) as ‘worrying’, Malik said that “two years back Shabir Ahmad Dar suffered a severe heart attack in police custody and has to live on life saving medicines. Recently, Dar fainted at Kot-balwal jail and has now been hospitalized in Jammu by Jail authorities.”
Likewise, JKLF leader Siraj-ud-din Mir who is elderly and suffering from different ailments and recently lost consciousness and fell down at the above said jail and even got injuries on his face and forehead, he said.
“He too has been shifted to some hospital in Jammu for treatment. In the same manner incarcerated Syeda Asiya Andrabi and senior resistance leader Syed Shabir Ahmad Shah, languishing in Tihar Jail Delhi, along with many other Kashmiris are also suffering from cruel colonial approach of the state,” Malik added.
“Kashmiri inmates are prisoners of conscience and needed to be protected by international humanitarian laws but ironically international community is sitting silent on this which can only be termed as horrible,” he said.
Appealing ICRC and other human rights organizations to take note of this apathy and oppression unleashed on Kashmiri prisoners, Malik hoped that “these organizations will intervene and protect the lives of Kashmiri prisoners from the wrath of the authorities.”