Srinagar, May 03, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that many Kashmiri political prisoners are still languishing in jails given the fact that they have completed their incarceration period. Syed Ali Gilani said this while talking to noted Indian civil society member and Chairman of Centre for Peace and Progress, O P Shaw, who called on him at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.
O P Shaw talking to reporters said that he would raise the issue with concerned quarters and hopefully the case of those Kashmiri prisoners who deserved freedom would be reviewed. Shaw said that he was pained to listen from Syed Ali Gilani that the Kashmiri political workers were being harassed inside jails. “I immediately brought the matter into the notice of police. I, in fact, told Gilani Sahab that I will raise the issue with the Ministry of Home Affairs. Everyone is equal before law and nobody should be harassed on the one or the other pretext,” he said.
O P Shaw maintained that the main objective of his visit was to persuade Syed Ali Gilani to start a dialogue with Government of India. “I told Gilani Sahab that solution to every problem lies in dialogue to which he responded that nothing positive ever came up after they entered into talks with New Delhi,” he added.
Meanwhile, O P Shaw also held a meeting with the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference (JKMC), Shabbir Ahmed Dar, and human rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, in Srinagar. A statement issued by the JKMC said that Shabbir Ahmed Dar told O P Shaw that Kashmiris are offering huge sacrifices for a noble cause and India must understand this; nobody is against dialogue but it should be aimed at resolving the Kashmir dispute as per the wishes of the Kashmiri people and the UN resolutions.
O P Shaw was also told that the people of Kashmir will never surrender before the Indian state terrorism and will continue their freedom movement till it reached its logical conclusion, the statement added.
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