Arrests, detentions gifts of Omar govt to people: Mehbooba
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Last Updated: Monday, May 09, 2011, 20:42
Srinagar: Main Opposition PDP on Monday said arrests and detentions are the only gifts of the Omar Abdullah government to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The coalition government has failed to perform on the governance front and is trying to exist only through "strong arm tactics", PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti said in a statement here.

"Arrests and continued detentions are the only gifts of the government to the people still nursing the wounds of innocent deaths, injuries, disabilities and destitution during the past two years," she said.

The PDP will resist attempts at enforcing the "silence of the graveyard" in Jammu and Kashmir, Mehbooba said adding her party will continue to focus on "denial of civil liberties and human rights" in the state.

By holding teenagers and elderly persons in detention, the government is actually discrediting not only itself but also the process of reconciliation that was supposed to have been initiated in the wake of last year?s unrest, she said.

"Contrary to claims made from time to time, a large number of people continue to languish in detention centres while the future of hundreds of youth has been imperilled by filing of FIRs against them.

"A number of students have lost their academic pursuit trying to evade arrest," the PDP head said.

Referring to the slapping of the Public Safety Act on religious leader Qazi Yaser, Mehbooba said "it makes no sense to deny peaceful citizens their liberty merely on suspicion."

"It is dangerous to link such high-handed conduct with Panchayat polls or the sensitive issue of Amarnath Yatra," she said.

The attempt to link prominent local personalities with trying to disrupt the yatra amounts to "painting black the very people who take pride in hosting the pilgrimage", she said.

Citing the Panchayat polls as a reason to detain Qazi is an insult to the people who have been participating in large numbers in the elections, Mehbooba said.


First Published: Monday, May 09, 2011, 20:42

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