Srinagar, September 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that the invocation of draconian law, Public Safety Act, and implicating of pro-freedom leaders and youth in false cases cannot prevent the Kashmiris from pursuing the ongoing struggle for securing their right to self-determination.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar said that Omar Abdullah-led puppet administration had virtually imposed an unannounced ban on his organization, Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir.
The veteran leader termed as an important development the court verdict in which Tehsil President of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet, Nasir Abdullah of Palhalan, was acquitted from all charges and murder case. “It (court verdict) is a victory for those who follow the right path and defeat for those who follow false assumption. It has put a big question on Omar Abdullah for his heinous and terror policy he follows against the innocents,” he said.
Syed Ali Gilani said that the puppet authorities had designed a plot to ban the political activities of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet. “Nasir was arrested by police on August 11, 2012, and next day DIG police north Kashmir in a press conference had allegedly involved him in killing of a Sarpanch and had claimed that police have a sufficient proof against him.
The allegations were serious enough and the motive was to ban the political activities of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet,” he stated. However, he added, the police failed to prove it and in court findings the case was proved to be unfounded and thus acquitted him from all allegations.
Syed Ali Gilani maintained that the puppet regime had launched a campaign to frame innocent youth. “Hundreds of citizens are languishing in jails under false and baseless cases. In most of these cases, the accused are not presented in court for hearing thus prolonging their illegal detention,” he deplored. He demanded immediate release of illegally detained Hurriyet leaders and activists including Masarrat Aalam Butt, Mir Hafeezullah, Muhammad Maqbool, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Shakeel Ahmad Butt, Nisar Hussain Rather and Ashfaq Ahmed.
He said that the detainees were being subjected to ill-treatment by the jail authorities. “The food provided to them is of sub-standard quality and no medical facilities are being provided to the detainees,” he said. He reiterated that such tactics could not deter the Kashmiris from continuing their struggle for right to self-determination. He also appealed to the Amnesty International to take notice of the plight of the Kashmiri detainees and ensure their immediate release.
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