Geelani condemns continuous detention of Hurriyat (G) chief spokesperson

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday condemned the continuous “illegal and unjustified” detention of amalgam chief spokesperson Gh Ahmad Gulzar.

Geelani in a statement said that political space is being denied by creating a situation of uncertainty and chaos in the state.

He said Government of India is pursuing a “repressive” policy that pushes the people especially the young generation to the wall.

“The victims of political vengeance get repeatedly public safety acts slapped on them and prolonging their detention despite court orders of their release, is the worst form of vendetta, ordeal and lawlessness,” he said, adding that denial of basic amenities to these prisoners in almost all jails in and outside the state has made their lives vulnerable.

On the continuous detention of Hurriyat (G) chief spokesperson, Geelani said Gulzar was arrested on 15 June 2019 from his residence without any remand. “In these 18 days, 5 FIRs have been registered against him, wherein he was set free by the district magistrate, but was not released by the police,” he said.

Hurriyat (G) chairman condemned the “illegal” detention of political leaders and activists including Mohammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Dr. G. M. Bhat, Dr. Mohammad Shafi Shariyati, Dr. Mohammad Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Indrabi, 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. Hameed 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 etc.

He said that world bodies, particularly those working for human and prisoners rights, should take note of these “gross violations” and ensure safe and early release of these “victims of political vandalism”.

Stressing on early resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with people’s right to self-determination, Geelani said that “good sense should prevail in the power corridors of Delhi to accept the ground realities and address the core issue at the earliest”.

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