Rasheed welcomes Guv’s offer to Hurriyat

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Seeks release of Kashmiri prisoners from Tihar

Srinagar, Jan 16: Welcoming Governor Malik’s offer to Hurriyat that it must talk directly to him over the issues pertaining to atrocities against civilians and other related issues, former Langate lawmaker Er. Rasheed has said that Malik should move a step further and facilitate certain genuine CBMs to prove his words.
Rasheed today talked to Governor Malik on phone and while welcoming his offer sought release of political prisoners languished in Tihar and other jails.
“He sought special intervention from the Governor to help release of Shahid-ul-Islam and informed Governor that if he truly respects Hurriyat leaders and those having a divergent view point and cares for the human rights of Kashmiris, he must ensure release of Shahid-ul-Islam whose wife is fighting for battle in Srinagar and he is himself languished in Tihar Jail,” a statement issued by Rasheed stated.
Rasheed also sought release of all political prisoners including Masrat Alam, Qasim Faktoo, Aasia Andrabi and her associates, so that atmosphere turns conducive for sincere political process.
“Rasheed asked Governor to intervene and take up the matter of filing charge sheet against Kashmiris students studying at JNU. Governor reiterated that initiating any political dialogue between New Delhi and Srinagar is not within his domain will surely intervene in other issues raised with him during the conversation.”
Rasheed in the statement said that Kashmiris don’t believe in confrontation but who other than Malik knows the fact that whether Huriyat or someone else, all are fighting for legitimate political rights of people of Jammu & Kashmir and want a peaceful resolution to Kashmir dispute in its historic perspective.
He said, “Governor must take note of unending human rights violations and should make security forces accountable as much as he can. Malik has every right to differ with anyone including Hurriyat leaders but being at the helm of affairs he must ensure that fundamental human rights of Kashmiris should be respected and political victimization must end.”