Jailed Hurriyat leader Ashraf Sehrai dies at Jammu hospital

Jailed Hurriyat leader Ashraf Sehrai dies at Jammu hospital

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MIRPUR: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leader and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir Chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai breathed his last on Wednesday while in Indian custody in occupied Jammu, said a report from across the line of control (LoC).

The report stated that the 80-year-old senior Kashmiri Hurriyat leader was detained under the Public Security Act (PSA) and died in occupied Jammu City Government Medical College (GMC) after a short illness.

Sehrai was admitted to GMC on Tuesday after his health started deteriorating at Kot Bhalwal jail. He breathed his last this afternoon.

He was suffering from multiple diseases and was not provided any treatment during his incarceration. His family members were kept unaware of his health condition, according to the report.

The Kashmir freedom struggle leader was arrested on July 12, 2020, by Indian occupational forces from his residence in occupied Srinagar and was lodged at Udhampur Jail.

Sehrai was elected as the Chairman of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, a constituent of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, which was previously headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

He served as a lieutenant of Geelani all his life and was a member of the Indian divination and Jamaat-e-Islami in Kashmir.

Sehrai is a stubborn freedom fighter, his son Junaid Sehrai took part in the armed struggle. Junaid went to Srinagar on May 19, 2020.

Pakistan expresses its grief over Serai’s death
In response to the death of the Kashmir leader, the Pakistani government expressed its deep sadness.

“India’s blatant attempts to portray the legitimate Kashmiri struggle as terrorism, and to prosecute its leaders through concocted cases, is a clear violation of the UN Charter, UN Security Council and UN General Assembly resolutions, and international human rights and humanitarian law,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

“As the COVID-19 situation in India deteriorates, we also remain deeply concerned over the health and safety of the incarcerated Kashmiri leaders as well as other innocent Kashmiris, languishing in jails at undisclosed locations,” it added.

The FO noted that most of these jails were overcrowded and did not have any provision for precautions against the COVID-19.

“Reportedly, some of the Kashmiri leaders in Indian jails have already contracted coronavirus. Unfortunately, they are not even provided any medical treatment. Given the worst pandemic situation in India, the Indian Government must immediately release the incarcerated Kashmiri leadership and all innocent Kashmiris,” it said.

Kashmiris’ imprisoned leaders include Aasiya Andrabi, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmed Shah, Shahid-ul-Islam advocates, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Syed Shahidohq Yousuf Dar, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Zahoor Ahmed, etc.

It said many others are under house arrest, including Said Ali Shah Hrani and Mirviz Uma Faruk.

The State Department once again called on the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to urge India to drop all deliberate allegations against IOJK political leaders and provide them with full legal protection, including the right to a free and fair trial.

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