ISLAMABAD: The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has demanded unconditional release of all illegally detained Kashmiri Hurriyet leaders and activists facing life imprisonment.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar (Indian Occupied) said that Kashmir was a disputed territory and all prisoners related to the dispute were political prisoners who could not be detained for whole life or treated as criminals,KMS reported.
He demanded unconditional release and cancellation of the criminal cases registered against all the pro-freedom prisoners facing life term including Dr Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo, Ghulam Qadir Butt, Dr Muhammad Shafi Khan Shariati, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Muhammad Ayub Dar, Muhammad Ayub Mir, Fayaz Ahmed Peer, Muhammad Amin Wani, Noor Muhammad Tantray, Farooz Ahmed Butt, Fida Ahmed, Muhammad Hussain, Ghulam Muhammad Butt, Muhammad Ishaq Palla, Abdul Waheed Nayak, Bashir Ahmed Butt, Mushtaq Ahmed Malla, Muhammad Maqbool, Sharif-ud- Din, Ghayas-ud-Din, Mehmood Topiwala, Parvaiz Mir, Abdul Ghani Goni and Showkat Ahmed Khan.
The veteran leader said that the political prisoners were periodically released in all the disputed regions of the world including Palestine but this process was yet to start in India and the Indian authorities did not pay any heed to the international principles.
He maintained that those who had chosen the path of getting right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir were neither professional criminals nor had they anything to do with terrorism. “They are people with solid ideology. Terming the political prisoners as professional criminals and punishing them is clear violation of the international laws,” he added.
Syed Ali Gilani pointed out that India was desirous to become permanent member of the UN so it must observe all the laws and principles that had been formulated for the political prisoners by the World Body and were being followed in every conflict zone of the world.