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Qaidi No. 100 released in Srinagar

Srinagar: The second edition of Anjum Zamrooda Habib’s Qaidi No. 100 as well as its Hindi translation were released here by New Delhi-based Pharos Media publishing house on September 5.

Zafarul-Islam Khan speaking during the book release;
Anjum Zamarud Habib, the author, is on the extreme right)

Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, during the book release function here expressed deep concern over black laws like AFSPA and termed them “illegal and unconstitutional”. He emphasized the need for revoking such laws.  

Dr Khan stated that the whereabouts of around 10,000 people, who have gone missing in Kashmir Valley, and thousands of killings have taken place, but Government of India doesn’t do anything in this regard. “An atmosphere has to be created wherein one can live with dignity and without fear,” he said.

He added that thousands of innocents from the minority community have been lodged in jails on false grounds. “Despite being proved innocent by the judiciary, officers who fraudulently implicated them in false cases haven’t faced any enquiries and punishment. Even such people are threatened and dissuaded from seeking help from media or judiciary.” Dr Khan however, suggested that such people must fight for justice and approach media and judiciary for redressal.

Referring to Qaidi No. 100, he said there are many heart-rendering incidents in this book. “The purpose of the book was to bring out that police and judiciary have got communalized to a large extent,” he said.

Castigating India, JKLF leader Bashir Ahmad Bhat said that criminals in India are kept in district jails whereas Habib was lodged in the notorious Tihar jail for five years. He emphasized the need for right to self-determination to be provided to the people of the state.

Senior Hurriyat (G) leader Mohammad Ashraf Sehrayi, in his address, quoted verses from the Holy Qur’an and emphasized on the rights of prisoners. He said “India always tried to break our movement of freedom struggle but always had to face failures and will have to face it in future as well.” He added that the 2008 and 2010 summer unrest, in which hundreds of youth lost their lives at the hands of security forces, has proved that India cannot generate threat among masses by mere occupation. He further stated though many books have been written on the cause of Kashmir but writings on many issues are still pending. He shared that our poets and writers haven’t yet contributed to the extent they could.  (Afsana Rashid)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2015 on page no. 13

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