Shabbir Shah Completes One Year of Continued Detention

Srinagar, July 24 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, senior APHC leader and the Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), Shabbir Ahmed Shah, lodged in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar jail has completed one year of his continued illegal detention.
According to media sources, Shabbir Shah was arrested by Enforcement Directorate last year on this day and was shifted to Delhi where he was questioned in a fabricated and old case for some days before being lodged in Tihar jail where he is continuously scripting a new history of resistance. A DFP spokesman in a statement in Srinagar said India is a signatory of international convention about the prisoners which makes it duty bound to follow the international norms about the prisoners. However, New Delhi does not follow the same especially when it comes to political prisoners of Kashmir who are languishing in different jails of occupied Kashmir and India. The spokesman said, the only crime of Shabbir Shah is that he strongly pleads the case of his people and has spent 31 years in different jails so far for it. “In the meantime New Delhi tried its best to break the political will of Shabbir Shah and started a well planned campaign of character assassination against him. However, he continuously and steadfastly remained on his political path. He is being denied fair judicial trail, he is being denied bail, he is being denied his rights as a political prisoners but even then he is firmly holding his political ideology based on principle of justice,” he stated. The spokesman said, Shabbir Shah is suffering from many serious ailments in the jail for which he needs suitable treatment. He appealed to the world human rights organizations to intervene to save the life of the “Prisoner of Conscience”. KASHMIR VOICE
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Mirwaiz Put under House Arrest in Srinagar

Srinagar, July 24 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities placed the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest, today, just hours ahead of a seminar organized by the Joint Resistance Leadership in Aabi Guzar area of Srinagar.
According to media sources, the seminar was held by the JRL to mark the completion of one year of illegal detention of several Hurriyat leaders by Indian investigating agencies, Enforcement Directorate (ED) and National Investigation Agency (NIA). The ED had arrested senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, from Srinagar while NIA had taken into custody Hurriyat leaders, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Merajuddin Kalwal, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam and Nayeem Ahmed Khan from Srinagar and Farooq Ahmed Dar from New Delhi. A forum spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also scheduled to chair a meeting of his party, Awami Action Committee, at Mirwaiz Manzil in Rajouri Kadal, Srinagar. however, he said that a police party reached at the Nigeen residence of the Mirwaiz and put him under detention. He said that the Indian forces’ personnel had sealed the residence of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. The spokesman strongly denounced the Indian authorities for curbing the political activities of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq saying that the action exposed their tall claims about democracy. He said that such tactics could not prevent the Kashmiri people from carrying forward their ongoing freedom movement. He also condemned the arrest of forum leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, by Indian police in Islamabad town to stop him from participating in the seminar. KASHMIR VOICE
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Srinagar Jail Inmates go on Hunger Strike

Srinagar, July 23 (Kashmir Voice): In occupied Kashmir, prisoners in Central Jail, Srinagar, have gone on an indefinite hunger strike to protest against undue shifting of some inmates to jails in Jammu, poor food quality, denial of medical facilities and delay in trials.
According media sources, family members of many inmates told media in Srinagar that prison conditions had significantly worsened since the Governor’s Rule was imposed in the occupied territory. The families confirmed that inmates were refusing to take food. They say Central Jail Srinagar has been turned into a hell. “I had heard about Abu Gharib and Guntanamo, but after seeing the condition of prisoners at Central Jail, Srinagar, I don’t think there can be any other worst jail in the world,” said Abdur Rashid, whose son is languishing in the jail. Rashid met his imprisoned son two weeks earlier and came to know that majority of the prisoners were given food which could not digest even a healthy person. “My son told me the jail authorities also treat prisoners like animals and not even basic medical care,” he said, adding he came to know from parents of other inmates that almost all the prisoners have gone for an indefinite hunger strike. Father of another prisoner, said he was told by his son the strike was genuine and against the issues that include unjustified shifting of prisoners to Jammu and jails outside the valley. “My son told me all the prisoners are provided with poor quality food and medical aid is totally denied, he said, declining to be identified fearing reprisal for himself and his imprisoned son. “He (son) also told me that most of the prisoners are denied proper trial, and aren’t being produced in their respective courts.” A source in the jail said three prisoners were shifted to Jammu recently without any solid reason or any fault of theirs. “Their only fault was that they raised voice against the ill treatment meted out to the prisoners. They demanded trial on their due dates and hygienic food,” the source said. At least 20 prisoners were gradually shifted from Central Jail Srinagar in a phased manner since March this year. KASHMIR VOICE
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