SRINAGAR — The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday expressed grief and sorrow at the demise of senior pro-freedom leader and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai who died this afternoon at Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu after his health deteriorated at Udhampur jail on Tuesday.
The APHC said as per Sehrai’s family sources, he was suffering from multiple ailments and despite their repeated requests to provide him medical attention, he was left unattended by the authorities till his condition worsened yesterday.
In a statement, the amalgam said it deeply regrets the “inhumane attitude” of the authorities and is pained by it.
The APHC said despite repeated appeals to release political prisoners lodged in various jails on humanitarian grounds given the devastating COVID-19 catastrophe, authorities are playing with their lives.
“In the death of Sehrai, people of J&K have lost a sincere, able and honest leader,” the statement said.
Paying tributes to Sehrai, the APHC said that he was dedicated to his party and its ideology and worked tirelessly and selflessly for the people’s movement, suffering lookups and jails in the course of his life.
The APHC said that Sehrai’s contribution to the people’s movement will always be remembered and honoured by the people.
The APHC said that all executive members including Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Masroor Abbas Ansari join incarcerated APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in extending their heartfelt condolences to the family of Sehrai and pray that Almighty Allah gives him a place in Jannat.
The APHC said that it once again asks the government authorities to release all the political prisoners from Kashmir including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Merajuddin Kalwal, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Aasiya Andrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Qasim Faktoo, Masarat Alam, Zahoor Ahmad and others lodged in jails across J&K and outside, in view of the COVID-19 catastrophe on health and humanitarian grounds to save their lives.