Mirwaiz concerned over plight of Kashmiri detainees

Srinagar, June 15, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has expressed serious concern over the miserable plight of the Kashmiri detainees languishing in different jails.

The APHC Chairman talking to a three-member delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross that called on him at his residence in Srinagar deplored that the prisoners were not being presented before the courts on the listed dates and their relatives were subjected to inconvenience while meeting them in the prisons.

The Mirwaiz said that the human rights bodies could play a vital role in highlighting the humanitarian aspect of the Kashmir dispute and hoped that the ICRC would expedite its efforts to draw the world attention towards Indian atrocities against the Kashmiris. He also urged the ICRC to help in bringing forth the facts about the thousands of disappeared persons and unnamed graves in the occupied territory.

An eight-member team of Indian civil society and parliamentarians visited Kunanposhpora and met the victims of the mass rape incident of 1991. Some of the victims narrated the happenings of the fateful night when Indian troops had indulged in the heinous crime in the area. Noted journalist and activist, Seema Mustafa, who is heading the group, in a media interview, termed the incident as a blot on the face of Indian democracy.

Meanwhile, an APHC delegation including Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Musaddiq Aadil and Syed Bashir Andrabi, visited Pochhal area of Pulwama and expressed solidarity with the families of four youth, who were recently killed in a road accident. The spokesman of Jamaat-e-Islami of the occupied territory in a statement expressed grief over loss of lives in the tragic incident.

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