Families worried about safety of prisoners: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, February 21, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the families of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in jails outside Kashmir are worried about their safety particularly after the killing of a Pakistani prisoner in a jail in Jaipur, India.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Twitter said, “After the condemnable killing of a Pakistani prisoner by his inmates in Jaipur jail, Kashmiri prisoners across India are unsafe, their families are worried and demand their immediate shifting to Kashmir jails. Authorities should pay heed and do the needful to ensure their safety.”

Fifty-year-old Shakir Ullah from Sialkot, who had spent eight years in the jail, was killed yesterday after three convicts bashed his head against a stone on the ground. The forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement demanded the shifting of Kashmiri prisoners from Indian jails to the occupied territory.

Meanwhile, amid growing attacks by Hindu goons Kashmiris in various parts of India, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said people of Kashmir will always uphold their tradition of ensuring safety to outsiders at all costs. He termed the attacks on Kashmiris in several parts of India as shameful. He also condemned the threats of boycott and expulsion of Kashmiri students.

The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League in a statement also condemned the acts of violence by Hindu goons targeting Kashmiri Muslims living in different parts of India and Jammu. In Lahore, speakers including APHC-AJK leader Engineer Mushtaq Mehmood addressing a press conference regretted the world’s silence over Indian brutalities against the Kashmiris. Representatives from AJK political parties including PTI, PML-N and Jamaat-e-Islami and members of many civil society organizations also attended the press conference. Engineer Mushtaq said that Kashmiri youth were being killed after being labeled terrorists.

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