Geelani hails Indo-Pak goodwill gesture of releasing prisoners

Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday welcomed the goodwill gestures by India and Pakistan to release the destitute prisoners from their respective jails.

“The mutual well wishing in the month of holy Ramadan should be a permanent feature of the bilateral relations between the two countries,” he said in a statement.

“We are highly hopeful that as the important parties to the Kashmir dispute, both the countries should use this well wishing attitude and in the first instance release all the prisoners of Jammu and Kashmir languishing in jails in and outside state,” Geelani said.

He said, “The mutual well wishing gesture to release all the prisoners must include those Kashmiri prisoners languishing in the state and outside in Indian jails.”

The Hurriyat chairman said, “Let the two nuclear neighbours of South Asia turn a new leaf in their bilateral relations to sit together along with the people of Kashmir and resolve the Kashmir issue peacefully in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Meanwhile, a high level delegation of Hurriyat comprising Bilal Sidqui, Molvi Bashir, Ghulam Muhammad Nagoo, Peer Mohammad Shafi, Mohammad Maqbool Maghami, Arhad Ahmad Bhat, Zamrooda Habib and Yasmeen Raja today visited Bandipora and extended their sympathies to the parents of the minor girl who was allegedly raped last week.

The delegation strongly condemned the gruesome incident, demanding fair probe and speedy trail to bring to book the culprit.