United Jihad Council, a conglomerate of local militant outfits, on Tuesday expressed deep anguish over the plight of Kashmiri detainees lodged in different jails within and outside Jammu and Kashmir.
Local news gathering agency CNS quoted the UJC chief Syed Salahuddin as saying in a statement: "Due to immense sacrifices of people, the Kashmir freedom struggle attracted the world attention in 2017. In name of so-called dialogue process, India is misleading the world community."
"The Kashmiri prisoners are being tormented under a well-planned conspiracy and even medical aid is denied to them. The leaders like Shabir Ahmed Shah, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Pir Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Mehrajuddin, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Dr Ghulam Muhammad Bhat and others have developed multiple ailments in the dark cells (in jails)," Salahuddin said, adding that the "pressure tactics adopted by the National Investigation Agency can't dampen the spirit of these pro-freedom leaders."
Salahuddin, according to the statement, urged upon Pakistan government and its diplomatic missions to "highlight the human rights violations committed by New Delhi in Kashmir, across the globe."
"It is irony that Pakistan is allowing the family of an Indian spy to meet him while India is not allowing Muhammad Yasin Malik to meet his three-year-old daughter," he said.
Condemning the assault on people, ransacking of properties during cordon-and-search operations in Kashmir, Salahuddin said that "such tactics will not work for New Delhi at present or in future."
"During the meeting rich tributes were paid to Jaish commander Noor Muhammad Trali and sympathies were expressed with the bereaved family," the statement read. (CNS)