Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (HCBA) today hailed the "determination and steadfastness" of incarcerated Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) leader Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo and demanded his release from jail.
"Dr Qasim has completed 23 years of imprisonment in different jails of the state and outside. He has neither ever bowed before the authorities nor compromised with his ideology", a Bar spokesman said in a statement, adding, "The government is scared of releasing him because of his determination towards the goal of achieving freedom for Kashmir for which he has spent most of his life in jails."
He said the Bar Association feels that the incarceration of Dr Qasim is just a political vendetta. We appeal to conscientious people of the world and Human Rights Organization to impress upon Government of India to release Dr Qasim, he added.