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If Govt is serious, release political prisoners, revoke PSA, AFSPA: Mirwaiz

If Govt is serious, release political prisoners, revoke PSA, AFSPA: Mirwaiz
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Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday termed the government’s move to give amnesty to first time stone pelters as “a good looking cosmetic effort”.

The Mirwaiz said if the present government is serious and really has a change of heart and want to take some bold Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), then it should release all the political prisoners without any further delay.

Addressing Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said suspending FIR against “so called first time stone pelters” looks more as a looking good cosmetic effort.

He was reacting to the announcement of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti that FIRs against first-time stone pelters will be suspended.

“If Govt is serious and sincere and there is really a change of heart and approach then all political prisoners should be immediately released, their freedom restored,” he said.

The Mirwaiz, who is heading Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) along with Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF Chief Yasin Malik, called for revocation of draconian laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act.

He reiterated his demand that all political leaders be released, saying, the talks and harassment can’t go side by side. “Most of the political leaders in Tihar jail and other jails have fallen seriously ill, but they are not provided adequate treatment,” he said.

About the second visit of Interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, Mirwaiz said on one side you are calling for talks and on the other side the kill and harass policy in the name of CASO which is being used as a new war tool, continues.

“Kashmir has been turned into a battlefield. Human rights violations are at its peak. Governments forces have adopted pick and choose policy to kill and target Kashmiri youth. Our youths are being killed under a well-executed conspiracy,” Mirwaiz said.

He said in such circumstances there is no space for talks. “For any kind of serious and sincere dialogue there is a need for creation of conducive atmosphere,” he said.

Mirwaiz said the political leaders have been kept with criminals in jails. “The treatment meted out to them is not only a violation of the Geneva conventions of the rights and dignity of prisoners but even against basic human practices and ethics,” he said.

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