JKLF, Hurriyat (M) condemn PSA against Maqbool Bhat’s brother

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and Hurriyat Conference (M) Friday condemned the slapping of fresh Public Safety Act (PSA) against Zahoor Ahmad Butt-younger brother of JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat.
In a statement, JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik while condemning the government action said that Zahoor Ahmad Bhat has been in jail from 2013 and his PSA order was quashed recently by court. “Authorities slapped another PSA on him and he has been shifted to Baramulla jail,” he said.
While taking a dig at Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Malik said that on one hand he (Mufti) propagates “battle of ideas theory” and on the other hand “has unleashed reign of terror against Kashmiris and especially political prisoners.”
“Slapping of PSA against Zahoor Ahmad Bhat is a most undemocratic act,” he added.
He also alleged police of using force against Bhat during detention. “During incarceration, he (Bhat) has been tortured severely to the extent that he felt unconscious and was shifted to jail in that condition,” he added.
“Any harm to JKLF leader’s health will not be tolerated,” he warned.
He also appealed ICRC and other human rights organizations to intervene on this issue and take measure “to save the lives of Kashmiri prisoners.”
Meanwhile, a spokesman of Hurriyat (M), in a statement, also condemned the slapping of fresh PSA against Bhat.
“Using force against the pro-freedom leaders and activists will in no way help the authorities. The pro-freedom leaders will continue to struggle till they achieve their goal,” he added.