Condemnations galore against Nayeem Khan’s prosecution



Srinagar, Feb 4: Condemnations continued to pour in against the state government’s recent decision to prosecute senior separatist leader and Hurriyat Conference (M) Executive Member Nayeem Ahmad Khan.
Hurriyat (M) has termed the decision as dictatorial and an act of political retribution. A spokesman said the government is scared of the popular appeal of separatist leaders, hence it’s using every repressive measure to prevent them from performing their activities.
He said house arrests, preventing leaders from performing religious duties and arbitrary detentions were some of the undemocratic measures taken by the government against the separatist leaders.
Asserting that Kashmiri people and Hurriyat leadership would continue to fight for the ‘freedom struggle of Jammu and Kashmir,’ the spokesman said APHC has been entrusted with the responsibility by the people to fight on their behalf.
Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah termed the act as a tactic to psychologically pressurize the separatist leadership in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The freedom struggle of Kashmiris will never be suppressed by these measures. The arrests, draconian laws and jails will have no effect on the freedom struggle,” Shah said adding that people of Jammu and Kashmir have offered ‘five lakh sacrifices for the freedom movement and the nation is very much enthusiastic, dedicated in the path towards freedom.’
Telephonically addressing a seminar organized by Difah-i-Pakistan Council in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), Shah hailed the support being extended by the people and government of Pakistan to Kashmiris’ struggle at political and diplomatic levels.
Peoples Conference has also strongly opposed the opening up of pending cases against the separatist leaders. The party has cautioned the government against ‘severe implications of threatening the separatist leadership.’
In a statement, Peoples Conference General Secretary Rashid Mehmood said that terrifying separatist leaders by opening up the cases against them will harm the improving relationship between India and Pakistan. “At a time when the relations between India and Pakistan seem to be getting better, the NC Government has started causing damage to this improvement by threatening Kashmiri separatist leaders.”
He said that it was unfortunate that NC has always been deceiving the nation for their petty interests. He said that booking the separatist leaders in old cases will badly affect the peaceful situation in the state.
The convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Pak chapter, Mehmood Ahmed Saghar, has expressed serious concern over the move and termed it as outrageous assault on freedom of expression.
“Such pressure tactics won’t subdue pro-freedom leaders’ resolve for pursuing their just cause for the resolution of Kashmir dispute”, Saghar said.
“As a matter of fact the right to self-determination is Kashmiris’ inalienable right which was guaranteed to them by the world community and the leadership of India and Pakistan”, Saghar said adding that raising voice in favour of the internationally recognized right of Kashmiri people and reminding Indian rulers of their commitments was not a crime.
The High Court Bar Association (HCBA) has strongly condemned the government move to prosecute Nayeem Khan.
“The said sanction has been given only to deter him from his firm political ideology. Till date no person has been prosecuted for his political belief nor anyone can be prosecuted for his political ideology, because this is a fundamental right of every person to have a political ideology. This action has exposed the Government of India and the State Government for adopting double standard when it comes to accord sanction to prosecute Army and police personnel for sexual offences and custodial killings,” HCBA said in a statement.
“There are thousands of cases pending for want of sanction to prosecute the Indian Army and paramilitary forces who are involved in custodial killings, sexual offences and other offences even after the lapse of two decades,” HCBA said.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 4 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 4 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 5 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST

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