JKYCS launches signature campaign to seek Dr Faktoo’s release

Ashraf Bhat, General Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir Bar Association and Arshid Hussain Andrabi, Advocate, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir threw light on the case of Dr Qasim Faktoo.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Apr 30 2015 11:15PM | Updated Date: Apr 30 2015 11:15PM
JKYCS launches signature campaign to seek Dr Faktoo’s releaseFile Photo

A seminar on prolonged illegal detentions of political prisoners with Dr Qasim Faktoo as study case was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), here on Thursday. 

The program was organised by Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) in collaboration with   Jammu and Kashmir Youth Civil Society (JKYCS).  

 Human rights activist Gautam Navlakha chaired the session while renowned journalist Prem Shankar Jha,  human rights campaigner Prof Vivek Kumar, Center for School of Social System (CSSS) JNU, journalist and civil rights activist and Britta Ohm, visiting scholar at Jamia Millia Islamia also spoke on the occasion.

Ashraf Bhat, General Secretary, Jammu & Kashmir Bar Association and Arshid Hussain Andrabi, Advocate, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir threw light on the case of Dr Qasim Faktoo.

While highlighting the work of Jammu Kashmir Bar Association vis-à-vis human rights violations and the Jail visits,  Bhat said, “Due to his (Dr Qasim Faktoo’s) intellectual might and political insight, the establishment has decided to break his determination by making him a victim of the political vendetta and framed him under the TADA (P) Act and get him punished for life. His release is big question for New Delhi.”

“I personally feel that that there should be a peaceful public campaign for vindicating the wrongs and the persecution committed by the establishment  upon the hapless people of Jammu Kashmir and particularly those languishing in different  jails for years together without being  impartially heard by anyone, the best example of which is Dr Muhammad Qasim. We all should join hands for mounting an effective pressure upon the government for the release of these political victims”, he added.

Advocate Arshid Andrabi, the lawyer of Dr Qasim while speaking on the occasion said, “Analysing the history of events associated with the trial of Muhammad Qasim Faktoo who is a scholarly figure and has spent his time educating hundreds of inmates inside the jail preparing them for examination for distance learning course under IGNO. Concrete recommendations made by jail authorities for granting him remission.

While discussing Dr Qasims case in detail, he said, “Petition filed in the Jammu Kashmir High Court seeking interpretation of the provisions of the jail manual and asking for the reasons for selective approach in granting remission to similar cases. But all attempts have failed so far. The reasons are simple the ruling regimes are afraid of him. They have no answer to this argument. Author of eight scholarly publications can speak right and discuss contemporary political problems with clarity. Having not compromised he can speak the truth and nothing but truth which not permitted in this part of the world.”

In his address, Gautam Navlakha said, “Anti terrorism laws are created to selectively target a particular marginalised community and to shun the voices of dissent.”

“Is this a democracy in which the mass murderers are free to commit murder and spread venom and if the people like Masarat Alam raise a slogan it becomes an offence. There is no law for Bajrang Dal, if you are Shiv Sainik you can go rape and murder people. 

 “Detaining Dr Qasim on the basis of confessional statement is a clear political vendetta. If he has already spend 22 years in jail and there have been recommendations pressing for his release I fail to understand what stops them to release him when they can easily acquit those who committed mass murders in Hashimpora by butchering more than 44 Muslims,” he added.  

The Kashmiri Bangladeshi Model who was accused of having terror links, Tariq Dar spoke about his own experience in Tihar when he was detained by Delhi special cell.  “When I was in Tihar I realized how they can book anyone on frivolous charges and tag him as a Laskar commander.” Britta Ohm a German visiting professor of Jamia Millia Islamai said,” These oppressive majors are deliberate and are taken to instill fear in the marginalized communities.”

In the end the Chairman of the JKYCS Bilal Bhat inaugurated on line signature campaign on Dr Qasim’s case www.releasedrqasim.org   and appealed people to sign it enmass.


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