JKNF seeks early release of party chairman, other prisoners

Islamabad, July 17 (KMS): The Vice Chairman of Jammu Kashmir National (JKNF) Front, Altaf Hussain Wani has urged the world human rights organizations to take notice of the illegal detention of party Chairman Nayeem Ahmed Khan who has completed four-year continued detention in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.

Altaf Hussain Wani in a statement issued in Islamabad, highlighting the plight of Kashmiri prisoners, said that Nayeem Ahmed Khan was being punished for his unprecedented role in the ongoing freedom struggle. He termed Nayeem Khan’s continued detention as act of sheer vengeance.

Urging the international human rights groups to take notice of the matter, he said, “Four years have passed but Indian authorities have not been able to provide a single evidence against the JKNF Chairman. Detention of political activists without evidence of crime constitutes a serious violation of human rights and international law.”

Altaf Wani said that India was in the habit of using detentions as a weapon to suppress dissent in Kashmir. He said that thousands of Kashmiris, including politicians, rights activists, and youth have been held in preventive detention without any recognizable offense.

Highlighting Nayeem Khan’s indomitable role and peerless contribution in the ongoing freedom struggle, the JKNF leader said Nayeem Ahmed Khan is reckoned among high profile campaigners of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination who have been persistently advocating for a just and peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

Terming Khan as a born revolutionary, he said, the JKNF Chairman has always been at the forefront of Kashmir’s struggle for freedom and has played vital role in strengthening the APHC and mobilizing youth in Kashmir. “He is being persecuted for his expression of conscientiously held political beliefs and for raising the banner of revolt against injustices and indiscrimination meted out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir at the hands of Indian authorities”, he said, adding that during his years’ long political struggle, Nayeem Khan along with his entire family has endured trials and tribulations, imprisonments and detentions.

“The continuous detention has taken a heavy toll on his physical and mental health. He is being denied of basic rights including proper food and right to receive proper medical care, which constitutes a grave violation of international law and other human rights treaties,” Wani said.

Nayeem Ahmed Khan, 59, was arrested by Indian infamous National Investigation Agency (NIA) under a fictitious and fabricated case on 24 July, 2017.