Release political prisoners on humanitarian grounds: Vakil

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, May 3: Former Minister and Senior Vice President J&K People’s Conference Abdul Gani Vakil today slammed the Lt Governor led administration over its Kashmir policy which is to disenfranchise Kashmiris from jobs.
Terming the termination of a teacher of Kupwara from Government services as injustice and uncalled for, Vakil said the Government on one side appeals Kashmiri youth to join mainstream and to shun gun but on the other side continues to harass those who joined the mainstream and are doing their jobs peacefully.
Vakil said when the govt is rolling out rehabilitation policy for surrendered Naxals in other States then why it has adopted a different yardstick when it comes to J&K. “For surrendered naxals you are rolling out job policies and for the youth of J&K who has a thrown a stone in anger, which is even not proved in the court of law, is labelled as anti national and thrown out of job”, Vakil said.
Vakil also appealed to the Government to release all political prisoners of J&K on humanitarian ground due to spike in COVID cases.
“There are a large number of political prisoners lodged in different jails of India. They must be released or shifted to Kashmir valley given the massive outbreak of Coronavirus in India, so that their families can have a sigh of relief”, Vakil added.