Srinagar: Joint Resistance Leaders (JRL), Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Dr. Mohammad Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, while hailing the statement issued by the newly appointed High Commissioner for United Nations Human Rights Commission, Michel Bachelet, termed it a ray of hope for all the destitute people facing the brunt of human rights violations at the hands of occupation forces in almost all conflict zones of the world.
Expressing their grave concern on the deteriorating health condition and the inhuman treatment meted out to the prisoners languishing in different jails in and outside Jammu and Kashmir, the JRL said our prisoners face the wrath of communal frenzy at the hands of fascist jail authorities.
The JRL while castigating the cruel and inimical jail authorities expressed its anguish for humiliating the pro-freedom leaders and activists on one pretext or the other and treating them as degraded creatures. Incarcerating a person and keeping him in solitude within the four walls of a prison, away from his children, parents and other family members, is itself a heart wrenching punishment, yet the Indian jail authorities does not look satisfied until they abuse and humiliate the prisoners of conscience belonging to the movement for right to self-determination, alleged the JRL.
Paying rich tributes to the unwavering commitment and resolve of the incarcerated leaders in Tihar Jail, including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Asia Indrabi, Fahmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Skaheel Yousuf, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Aslam Wani and Zahoor Ahmad Watali, the JRL said that all these leaders and activists have been victimized on fabricated and fictitious allegations leveled by the Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Enforce Directorate (ED).
While rejecting, out rightly the allegations, the JRL reiterated its commitment not to surrender before any pressure and castigated the Indian Agencies for their sinister designs of character assassination of the resistance leadership.
The JRL condemned the plight of prisoners at the hands of jail authorities languishing in other jails and saluted their high spirits of resolve and their sacred sentiments for achieving the mission of right to self-determination.
The incarcerated leaders and activists include Masrat Aalam Bhat, Dr. Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Muzafar Ahmad Dar, Dr. Shafi Sharyati, Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Tariq Ahmad Dar, Manzoor Ahmad, Ab. Gani Bhat, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Sarjan Barkati, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Gh. Mohammad Khan Sopori, Farooq Tawheedi, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Asadullah Parray, Umar Aadil Dar, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Hakeem Showkat, Siraj-ud-din, Ab Rashir Magloo and others.
The JRL made a fervent appeal to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and all other human rights organizations of the world to take a serious note of the gross violations of human rights at the hands of Indian occupation forces in Jammu and Kashmir, especially with reference to prisoners of conscience belonging to Jammu and Kashmir.