Release of political prisoners eyewash: PDP

‘Unmarked Graves National Shame’


Srinagar, August 25: Stating that the state government’s decision to release a dozen political prisoners is mere ‘eye wash’ opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday threatened to launch Valley-wide agitation if government continues with ‘unlawful detentions’ of youth.
The party also called for visible and concrete action on the reports of the unmarked graves in many parts of the state. It called for identification of martyrs who have been buried in these graves, which according to SHRC report count more than 2100.
“When there are around 1,200 youth detained under draconian laws, the release of 12 prisoners doesn’t make any difference. The government tries to sell the move as a great relief and concession to the people. In the first place octogenarian political leaders should not have been in the jail in a democratic society,” PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said while addressing a protest rally here at Lal Chowk here.
“Our party will continue to agitate the issue of unlawful detentions in a forceful manner and use the democratic space in every forum to dismantle the system of official repression,” she said and added that the bulk of political detainees and youth continue to be behind the bars for none of their fault.
She said the draconian Public Safety Act which gives sweeping powers to the police and paramilitary forces must be repealed. “There are more than 6000 FIRs registered against youth in Kashmir and police continue to harass the family of the detained youth under PSA”, she said and added that by registering FIRs against thousands of youth, police has out their career a stake.
Referring to latest revelation by State Human Rights Commissions (SHRC) about 2,156 unidentified bodies being buried in the Valley, PDP president said an impartial Commission should be constituted to unveil the truth behind this gory saga.
She said it was an irony that country’s political parties, establishment and civil society had almost abandoned Kashmir and have become completely insensitive to the plight of its residents. “It’s obvious as there is no reaction to the report about the detection of mass graves in Kashmir”, she said. “They ignored it even when something of the proportions of a national shame has taken place here.”
“At a time when millions of people across the country have mobilized themselves into an effective anti-corruption campaign, Kashmir is presenting a challenge to the conscience and idea of India as it evoked not a single voice of concern and solidarity”, Mehbooba said.
On the issue of corruption which overpowers all other issues in India, she said, it has been promoted as a state policy along with official repression. “Our state is the worst victim of the loot of public money. But, when the survival of life and dignity is at stake corruption seems the minor issue”, she said.
The party today took out a protest rally here against the alleged failure of the NC-led coalition government to check human rights violations. The rally joined by thousands of PDP workers passed through the main city centre Lal Chowk. The procession was intercepted by police near Regal Chowk where PDP president accompanied by senior party leaders and legislators sat on a Dharna to press for their demand for ending official repression.
Earlier, addressing the party workers and members at PDP headquarters she termed the present government a complete failure in protecting the rights, dignity and life of the people. Expressing solidarity with the media fraternity she said the present government has given complete freedom to security personals to muzzle the voice of people. “The media-persons are ruthlessly beaten by the cops, and this has now become a routine this is now a routine. Media professional are being prevented from carrying out their duties. She said, “here nobody is safe. We are demanding the assurance of the safety of citizens of the state.”
Senior party leaders Moulvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, General Secretary Muhammad Dillawar Mir, Former Minister Qazi Muhammad Afzal, Deputy Speaker Muhammad Sartaj Madani, chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar, MLAs AR Veeri, Rafi Ahmed Mir, Peerzada Mansoor, Muhammad Khalil Band, Syed Bashir Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Mir and Mushtaq Ahmed Shah and senior leaders Saif-ud-Din Bhat, Peer Muhammad Hussain, Yasir Reshi, Nisar Ahmed Mandoo, Javaid Hussain Baig and Ashok Bhat were also joined the rally.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Aug 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Aug 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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