Srinagar: Strongly condemning the shifting of Hurriyat leader Masarat Aalam Bhat to Tihar jail by national Investigating Agency (NIA), Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday said Aalam is behind bars continuously for the last 9 years.
“His detention has been quashed 37 times, but the rulers under the arrogance of power and might have disobeyed the court orders, proving once again that “this land is lawlessly governed by a hateful mindset which neither respects its judicial verdicts nor do they honour their own constitutional and so-called democratic norms,” Geelani said
In a statement, Hurriyat (G) chairman said those raising their voice for fundamental rights peacefully within the contours of the law, are made to rot in jails and interrogation centres for decades, but those accused by the investigation agencies for conspiring the murder of a particular minority, are proudly garlanded and voted to assembly and parliament.
“It has made history and probably should figure in the world records that a political activist is acquitted of its charge not less than 37 times by their own judicial houses, but inspite of honouring court verdict and setting him free, the poor fellow is shifted to yet another hell like jail in this scorching heat,” he said.
He lauded the “important role” played by incarcerated leadership and youth in the far away jails of India as well as those detained in the “hell like” prisons of the state.
Geelani hailed Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Shariyati, Dr. Mohammad Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahi-ul-Islam, Fraooq Ahmad Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Ahad Parra, Abdul Gani Bhat, Dr. Hamee Fayaaz, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri, Abdullah Nasir, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Tariq Ahmad, Muzfar Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Hussain, Pir Mohammad Ashraf, Mushtaq Ahmad Hura, Yasin Ahmad Hura, Samiullah, Asadullah Parray, Hakeem Showkat, Mehraj-ud-Nanda, Basharat Bazaz, Tariq Ahmad Pandith, Mohammad Hussain, Hilal Ahmad Beigh, Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Advocate Zahid Ali, Istiyaq Ahmad Wani, Dr. Mohammad Saleem, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Abdul Hai, Asif Sultan and Abdul Rashid Shigan.
Paying rich tributes to the youth killed during the holy month of Ramadan in Jammu and Kashmir, Geelani said: “Our young generation has been pushed to the wall by denying civil and political rights.”
Hurriyat (G) chairman urged United Nations to fulfil its moral, political and diplomatic responsibilities in resolving the long pending Kashmir dispute and prevail upon New Delhi to stop “grave human rights violations” in Kashmir.