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Politics Delays Release of Kashmiri Prisoners

Last Friday, 108 prisoners cleared for release from various jails in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir remained incarcerated after the cancellation of the first meeting of a Joint Screening Committee constituted to review such cases. While bad weather was touted as the official reason, preventing a senior official of the Federal ministry of home affairs from arriving at the meeting’s venue in the state’s winter capital – Jammu – insiders feel it was a delaying tactic. The proposed meeting of the two-month-old committee has not been rescheduled so far. Last November, the recently formed state government initiated the release process. However, after freeing just six prisoners, it was abruptly curtailed due to flak from Hindu nationalist parties like the Bhartiya Janata Party and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, who termed it pro-militant and anti-national. Full Story

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