JKPM calls for release of Sarjan Barkati; Shehla Rashid visits family of detainee at Shopian
SRINAGAR: JKPM General Secretary Shehla Rashid today visited Sarjan Barkati’s home in Reban village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district.
She met the family members and took note of their situation, as they have been suffering since the arrest of Sarjan Barkati in October 2016.
Shehla Rashid demanded the release of Sarjan Barkati, as he has been incarcerated without any grounds or evidence.
Seeking his release, Shehla Rashid said that, “Sarjan Barkati has not done anything more than participating in processions at a time when entire Kashmir was out on streets. Keeping him in prison for such a long time without any evidence of a crime is against natural justice, and JKPM calls for his urgent release ahead of Eid.
Sarjan Barkati is a good orator, an artist and a good father. He has not committed any heinous crime. As a political prisoner, he deserves to be reunited with his family, at least on the auspicious ocassion of Eid.”
Earlier, party president, Dr. Shah Faesal had called for his release saying that, “it is high time that Sarjan Barkati is released”. Dr. Shah Faesal today said that, “the release of Sarjan Barkati can send a positive message to people across Kashmir that democratic rights are respected. One shouldn’t be arrested for mere speeches.”
After meeting the family, Shehla Rashid said that, “Sarjan Barkati used to guide his children in their studies. Now, there is no one to guide them in their studies at home.” She praised his wife Shabroza Barkati for the good upbringing of their children – Azan and Sugrah Barkati – and wished them all the best for their future. Earlier last week, Shehla Rashid had successfully intervened to get the father of a pellet victim from Handew village in Shopian released.
JKPM South Kashmir incharge and Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Tahir Iqbal said that, “the release of political prisoners is one of the top priorities for Jammu & Kashmir People’s Movement. Our party has been working on this issue from day one.”
JKPM leader from Eidgah, Uzair Ronga also asserted that, “as an advocate, I must warn about the dangers of mass incarceration for a society. Criminalisation of our Kashmiris _en masse_ is ruining our society economically, socially and morally.”