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[DNA] Free Waqar: A campaign for justice in Kashmir

Friends of Waqar are fighting for Waqar Ahmad Moharkan, a second year student of Bachelor’s in Commerce at Srinagar’s Islamia College of Science and Commerce. He was arrested by police of MR Gunj station on 4 October, 2011 on charges of participating in protests in Srinagar.

The court allowed his bail application on 23 October, 2011. Instead of being released, he was rebooked and moved to Central Jail under judicial remand on 15 December, 2011 suddenly slapped with the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA).

His lawyer, the head of the Bar Association in Kashmir Mia Qayoom has stated in writing that the youth was deliberately not handed a translated copy of the grounds of detention so that he would be unable to make an effective representation against the order of detention. The police passed the PSA without informing Waqar’s family, who had the legal right to challenge the act. […]

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Here’s the Official Website for the Free Waqar Campaign

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[Greater Kashmir] All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat demands release of political prisoners in JK

Srinagar, Mar 5: The All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat (AIMMM), the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organisations, on Monday in a resolution castigated both Union and State Governments in handling situation in Jammu and Kashmir which it viewed as ‘apparent peace managed by oppression’.

In a resolution passed at joint session in New Delhi on March 3, the copy of which was mailed to Greater Kashmir on Monday, AIMMM said: “Murder by security personnel is still treated as accidental firing. The commission of enquiry ordered by the court after the murder of as many as 118 innocent youth in 2010 is yet to submit its report. Political prisoners continue to be behind bars in and outside the state.” […]

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[TOI] Interview with Kashmiri Separatist Leader — Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani is 82 years old and has spent a large part of his life – till 2011, 17 jail stints and house arrests – battling the Indian state for a Kashmiri right to self-determination. Today, he’s also battling perceptions of having softened his position on the Kashmir issue. Geelani spoke withRakhi Chakrabarty about why he thinks more discussions with the Indian state will lead nowhere, why Pakistan still makes a good ally – and how a passport remains vital:

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[India Blooms] Hurriyat observes shutdown in Kashmir Due to the Shifting of Political Prisoners

[…] The state government has already shifted various detainees to various jails of India.

Some of them include Mohammad Ayub Mir from Sadrabal, Hazratbal, Feroz Ahmed Bhat from South Kashmir’s Tral town and Mohammad Ayub Dar from Rawal Pora Srinagar.

The political prisoners like Shabir Ahmed Bukhari from North Kashmir’s Pattan area, Shakeel Ahmed Sofi and Noor Mohammad Tantray were not shifted due to the stay orders of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

Chairman of Human Rights Forum and International Forum for Justice, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo, who himself was lodged in various jails of India from time to time told IBNS that the state government is doing injustice with these detainees and this act signifies that government has many tools at their disposal through which it can harass the inmates.

“There are dozens and hundreds of political prisoners who are languishing in jails and some have even completed their term but still the government is reluctant to release them.” Untoo said.

Nazir Ahmed Baba from Rainawari Srinagar said his brother Bashir Ahmed is languishing in one of the jails in Vadodra in Gujarat from last three years and due to long distance they are not able to meet him.

”My brother Bashir Ahmed Baba was picked up by the Anti Terrorist Squad of Gujarat on mere suspicion and since then he is lying in Vodadra jail. He is innocent. His only guilt is that he is a Kashmiri. We have made several pleas to the state government to shift him to Jammu and Kashmir but all in vain.” Nazir said.

He said that he had approached the chairman of Kashmir Committee, Ram Jeth Malani when he was in Valley and he had assured him that he will talk to Gujarat CM, Narendra Modi. […]

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