Release political prisoners before Eid: Shah Faesal urges Governor

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM) president Dr Shah Faesal today reiterated his demand for unconditional release of all political prisoners on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Shah Faesal, in a statement urged the Governor S P Malik to release political prisoners before ensuing Eid-ul-Fitr, as a goodwill gesture, so that they can celebrate this holy religious festival with their families.

He said, “Releasing political prisoners on Eid-ul-Fitr would be a good initiative to build an environment of trust and reconciliation in the state.”

“The health condition of some political prisoners has worsened and they need to be released immediately on humanitarian grounds. The case in point is Peer Saifullah who is lodged in Tihar jail for many years despite being a tumour patient. He has undergone three surgeries and he should be released immediately so that his family members can attend on him,” statement stated, adding that “Similarly, Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal and Ayaz Akbar are lodged in Tihar jail for a long time now and their health conditions have deteriorated severely.”

“First step towards the release would be to shift detainees like Maulana Mushtaq Veeri from jails outside the state. Similarly, Sarjan Barkati needs to be given another chance. His family has suffered a lot and his release can bring a huge relief to them,” Shah Faesal said.

“Eid would be a great occasion to start this process. It has to be then taken forward,” he added.