Mirwaiz Slams Cong

13 March 2015

Srinagar: Moderate Hurriyat Conference today hit out at the Congress for opposing the release of 'political prisoners' in Jammu and Kashmir, alleging that it has become a tradition with parties to resort to hardline posturing over Kashmir to score points over the ruling party. 'We express dismay and condemn the posturing of the Congress over the issue of release of political prisoners,' Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said. Addressing Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar, Mirwaiz said, 'It has become a tradition with Indian parties, which are out of power, to adopt hardline posturing over Kashmir to derive domestic political mileage and thwart any attempt made in the direction of moving forward to address the Kashmir problem.' 'Release of political prisoners is a humanitarian issue and many Kashmiris are languishing in prisons against all legal norms purely on the basis of a political vendetta,' the Hurriyat chairman claimed. He demanded immediate release of the political prisoners and also cautioned the government about their safety, saying many of them are in jails outside the state.