Geelani hails release of prisoners by India, Pak

Srinagar, May 15 (GNS): Hailing the goodwill gestures by both India and Pakistan to release the destitute prisoners from their respective jails, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said the mutual well-wishing in the month of Holy Ramadan should be a permanent feature of the bilateral relations of both the countries.

He expressed his high hope that as the important parties to the Kashmir dispute both countries should use this well-wishing attitude, in the first instance, to release all the prisoners belonging to Jammu and Kashmir, languishing in Indian jails.

Lamenting over the plight of Kashmiri prisoners at the hands of “barbaric” jail authorities in and outside Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat (G) chairman, according to a statement issued to GNS, reiterated his stand that Kashmir is a pure political and humanitarian problem which is in dire need of an early resolution for the prosperous South Asia so instantly, the mutual well-wishing gesture to release all the prisoners must include those Kashmiri prisoners languishing in the state and outside in Indian jails.

Taking a dig on the reluctance of India, not to allow the International Red Cross, Amnesty International or other human rights organizations to visit these jails and observe their “pathetic” condition, Geelani said that the “illogical” denial by India speaks volumes about the plight of Kashmiri prisoners.

Making a fervent appeal to both the countries, Hurriyat (G) chairman said that let the two nuclear neighbours of South Asia turn a new leaf in their bilateral relations to sit together along with the people of Kashmir and resolve of Kashmir issue peacefully in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of the Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, on the directions of Syed Ali Geelani, a high level delegation of Hurriyat Conference (G) comprising Bilal Sidqui, Molvi Bashir, Gh. Mohammad Nagoo, Peer Mohammad Shafi, Mohammad Maqbool Maghami, Arhad Ahmad Bhat, Zamrooda Habib and Yasmeen Raja visited Trehgam, Sumbal and conveyed the deep sympathies for the baby victim and her parents.

The delegation strongly condemned the gruesome incident, demanded fair probe and speedy trail to serve an exemplary punishment to the culprit for committing the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, Geelani has condoled the demise of mother of pro-resistance activist in exile Professor Mohammad Ashraf Saraf of Baramulla.

While sympathizing with grieved family, he said: “We equally share their grief and sorrow and added that for those, not able to attend the last rights of their dear ones grief and tragedies are more painful for them.”

He prayed for eternal peace of deceased and courage for the family to bear this irreparable loss. (GNS)

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