KC-EU’s Chair for quick release of Kashmiris amid danger of Covid-19 in India


Brussels (Parliament Times)Chairman Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) Ali Raza Syed called upon the Indian authorities to immediately release all illegally detained Kashmiris in the Indian jails.

In a statement issued from Brussels, Ali Raza Syed expressed concerned over the severe situation of rapidly rising death rate related to covid-19 in India. He said, release of all Kashmiris prisoners is essential in order to save them from getting affected with the deadly virus in the different parts of India having less sources to fight this pandemic.

It is important to mention that there are thousands of Kashmiri political leaders and pro-freedom activists in  the Indian jails, mostly outside Kashmir at the moment. Many of them are illegally detained since India revoked special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019. These prisoners are including famous political figures such as Shabbir Shah, Yasin Malik, Mussarat Alim,  Ashraf Sehrai, Asia Andrabi and many others. Dr. Bilquies Shah, wife of Shabbir Shah and families of other Kashmiri prisoners recently  called for early release of their beloved ones. They demanded that they should be released or at least  to be shifted to jails nearby their homes in Kashmir. Even Rafiqa Begum, wife of Ayaz Akbar who is illegally detained since 2017, has recently died due to stress of suffering of her jailed husband.

Ali Raza Syed also expressed solidarity with the people of India facing the worst situation of pandemic.

Chair of KC-EU also called upon the international human rights organizations to put pressure on the Indian government to release all illegally detained Kashmiri leaders and activists. He said, immediate action of the international community is necessary for release of Kashmiri political and pro-freedom detainees from the Indian jails as the people in India are facing shortage of medical oxygen all over India.