March 14, 2020 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Jalandhar: Joining issue with six Opposition parties pressing for the immediate release of three former J & K chief ministers, the Dal Khalsa questioned them as to why they were not seeking release of all political prisoners including Hurriyat Conference chairman SAR Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Shah Faesal, Advocate Mian Qayoom and others.
The six mainstream political parties leaders NCP’s Sharad Pawar, West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee, JD ( S) leader H D Deve Gowda, CPI ( M) Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, former union minister Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie have jointly demanded from the Narendra Modi Govt to release Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehboba Mufti who are serving detention under draconian law PSA since the abrogation of article 370 on Aug 5 last year.
In a release issued on March 11, 2020 the Sikh organization termed the demand of these parties selective, indifferent and short of complete justice lacking the will to catch the bull by its horns.
Dal Khalsa’s Secretary for political affairs Kanwar Pal Singh said hundreds of Kashmiris have been languishing in jails across the country that includes leaders and activists from mainstream and pro-freedom camps since last seven months. Kashmiri nationalist leader Geelani was under indefinite detention and his health has worsened but unfortunately, the Indian civil society and international community is mum. Even Advocate Qayoom president of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association (HCBA) was reeling behind bars and his health has deteriorated but all pleas to release him has fallen into the deaf ears of Modi dispensation.
He further said the Indian state with its full might has converted the Kashmir into an open jail. “Foreign dignitaries were selectively chosen to visit the valley under the watchful eyes of Indian officials to give false impression that “all is normal in Kashmir”.
However, independent agencies and observers like Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and UNHRC were barred to visit the disturbed valley and assess the ground situation and interact with its “caged” population. Castigating the Modi government, he said even their delegation from Punjab were stopped at Kathua and not allowed to proceed to Srinagar on Dec 10 to commemorate World Human Rights Day.