SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Tuesday termed it “state terrorism” the slapping of PSA on the ailing Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson Syeda Aasiya Andrabi and her aide Sofi Fahmeeda who have been shifted to Kot Bhalwal Jail, Jammu, and have called for peaceful protest on Friday against the move.
Jama’at-e-Islami, Jammu Kashmir and National Front chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan also slammed authorities for shifting the ailing leader to Jammu jail.
In a statement issued here, the leadership which includes Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik said the state administration is following “Doval Doctrine” and has “waged (a) war against civilian population”.
“Aasiya Andrabi is suffering from multiple ailments and shifting her and Sofi Fahmeeda to Jammu jail will put their lives in danger. She needs specialised medical consultation but instead she along with her secretary was shifted to Jammu in extreme and adverse climate,” the leaders said. “This is extremely shameful on part of the so-called authorities and highly condemnable.”
The leadership warned the administration of consequences if any untoward happens to the ailing leader. They also demanded immediate release of Masarat Aalam Bhat, Ameer Hamza Shah, Bashir Ahmad Boya, Meer Hafiz Ullah, Mohammad Yusuf Lone, and hundreds of other resistance leaders and activists.
“Those arrested during the people’s uprising in 2016 are still languishing in different jails and police stations and their detention period is being prolonged on one pretext or the other,” they said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said scores of detainees are in unlawful custody and police is “reluctant” to produce them in any court. “Authorities are not providing detention grounds to their families,” they said, adding that denying space for peaceful political activities is “the root cause of appalling situation and uncertainty in (the) state”.
The leaders also appealed the world human rights bodies to take note of such issues and use their good offices to secure their immediate release.
Meanwhile, in a statement, Nayeem Ahmad Khan while condemning the PSA on Andrabi termed it as “sheer shamelessness of the so-called administration”. He demanded her immediate release.
In a statement, Jama’at-e-Islami said the “unjustified” detention of ailing Asiya and Fehmeeda Sofi under PSA is “an act of political vendetta which is totally undemocratic, immoral and inhumane”.