Srinagar: Notwithstanding the controversy that has erupted over the release of hardline Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam, the PDP said on Sunday that the decision had to be seen in proper perspective.
Downplaying the criticism by its coalition partner BJP, the PDP said that engaging all stakeholders for establishing peace in Jammu and Kashmir was part of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the two parties.
"This (the release of Alam) has to be seen in proper perspective. It is an important part of our Common Minimum Programme to involve all stakeholders in the state, and across the Line of Control, for reconciliation and peace in the state," PDP chief spokesman and Education Minister Naeem Akhtar told PTI.
"If you want to have a dialogue with all stakeholders, which includes these leaders, you cannot engage them by keeping them in jail without anything substantial against them," he added.
Akhtar said the courts had intervened on the detention of some of the leaders and set them free.
Asked about the opposition by BJP to Alam's release, Akhtar said he does not want to get into a public debate on it.
"They have their own views but I don't want to enter into a public debate on this issue. This is part of our CMP," he added.
Alam, the leader of the hardline-faction of Hurriyat, who had spearheaded the stone-pelting agitations in the Valley in 2008 and 2010, was released from prison yesterday following the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed government's policy of freeing political prisoners who do not face criminal charges.
However, the BJP said today that the release of Alam decision did not
have BJP's consent.
J&K BJP chief Jugal Kishore also said that party MLAs would meet on this issue.
Meanwhile, slamming the release of Alam, the Congress today asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come clean on his stand over the "continuous adventurism" of the PDP-BJP government in Jammu and Kashmir which was "endangering" the peace in the Valley.
"We strongly condemn the release of Masrath Alam. Prime Minister, and BJP must answer as to why peaceful atmosphere of Jammu & Kashmir is being sought to be disturbed by successive unilateral moves by PDP-BJP government," AICC Communication Department in-charge Randip Surjewala said.
He recalled that the J&K Chief Minister within an hour of swearing in of the PDP-BJP government, had thanked the separatists, terrorists and Pakistan for peaceful polls instead of thanking the valour of people of Jammu & Kashmir, security forces and Election Commission.
With PTI inputs