Terms it ‘worst kind of political vengeance’
SRINAGAR: Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) on Friday slammed the government for slapping a fresh PSA against party chairperson, Syeda Aasiya Andrabi and her personal secretary, Sofi Fehmeeda.
Party’s general secretary Nahida Nasreen in a statement said a fresh Public Safety Act (PSA) was slapped against Andrabi and Fehmeeda on Thursday after the previous one expired on August 15.
She said PSA was slapped at a time when Aasiya’s health condition is “extremely critical”. “The puppet government is resorting to extremely oppressive measures against the ailing woman leader. Isn’t this a clear proof that the puppet government is hell-bent to make this family suffer only because they are resisting against the illegal Indian occupation. There cannot be a worst example of political vengeance than this one,” she said.
Nasreen alleged that courts in JK also function as per the orders of GoI and state authorities. “For the (last) three month(s), the courts were not able to shift Andrabi Sahiba and Sofi Fehmeeda to Srinagar jail despite clear instructions by the Indian supreme court that detainees should be lodged in jails nearer to their homes,” she said.
“Besides Andrabi, her husband, Dr Qasim Faktoo also has been made to suffer because of his stand. His health condition is also deteriorating as he is having serious back ailments. His eyesight is also diminishing with (each) passing day as he suffers from Leukemia,” she said.
“While as per Indian law, life sentence means detention for a fixed period of time but in Dr Qasim’s case, it was said that a life sentence means that he should die inside the jail. Such a judgement clearly signifies it is nothing but political vengeance because of which this family has been targeted and is made to suffer.”
Nasreen termed it a “sinister plot” against the family and resistance movement of Kashmir. “This has been a common feature of India that those who do not budge before them (are) either hanged or (booked under) the PSA and other draconian laws,” she said.