Srinagar: The Ummat-e-Islami (UeI) Chairman Mirwaiz Qazi Ahmed Yasir has expressed serious concern over the deteriorating health of political prisoners lodged in different jails outside Kashmir. Qazi Yasir has warned authorities that it can have serious repercussions. “The families of prisoner’s are unable to visit them outside Kashmir because of financial problems and demanded shifting of illegally detained prisoners to Valley immediately.
A delegation of Ummat-e-Islami today visited Kotbalwal jail in Jammu and met its illegally detained senior leader, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, whose wife had earlier said that she is not in a position to meet her husband due to her financial condition. Barkati, popularly known as “freedom chacha and Pied Piper of Kashmir” for his peculiar way of sloganeering during public rallies across south Kashmir was booked under black law Public Safety Act (PSA) on October 1.
The Ummat e Islami Jammu Kashmir Chairman Mirwaiz Qazi Ahmed Yasir on Tuesday warned the government that ailing health of prisoners in jails has serious repercussions and demanded they shall be shifted to Valley, in wake of their families being unable to travel long distance for visits due to bad financial conditions.
Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir said that Kashmiri prisoners in various jails outside the Valley are all political prisoners and are being harassed for their role in the mass public uprising. Referring to the rumors about Moulana Barkati’s health, he warned, “Such rumors could even become reality also. People are unable to visit their family members in Jammu and other jails. The government has put thousands in jails and hundreds slapped with the PSA. Majority of these people in jails are not financially well and their families have been unable to visit them.”
Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir said that the government should immediately shift all the prisoners to the Valley, including Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Hurriyat leader Ayaz Akbar, UeI leader Moulana Sajad Hashmi and JKLF leader Noor Mohammad Kalwal. He said that Moulana Barkati’s health conditions could have serious impact on the situation in South Kashmir and the government will be responsible.