SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom camp on Friday condemned the arrest of Dukhtran-e-Millat (DeM) president Syeda Asiya Andrabi and her personal secretary, Fehmeeda Sofi under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani demanded her immediate release.
“The state government is at war with the pro-freedom people of the state and their “battle-of-ideas” and “Goli-Nahi-Boli” slogans have proven to be fraud,” he said in a statement.
Terming Asiya’s arrest as “unjustified”, Geelani said that “every Kashmiri loves Pakistan and if waving of flag of this country is a crime then they have to detain whole Kashmiri nation”.
“The woman leader is suffering from different ailments and detaining her in the police station is very dangerous for her health. She should be immediately released,” he added.
He also condemned the detention of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Mir Hafizullah.
In a statement, a DeM spokesperson said that Asiya was arrested at a time when she has asked people to defy the ban on bovine slaughter.
“Despite the fact that she was put under house detention some days ago, today she was arrested for unknown reasons.”
She claimed that India and its agencies were frustrated by “the fact that Syeda Asiya Andrabi was a popular”. “She (Asiya) is a popular leader and commands love and respect among the masses for her bold and clear stand and approach towards Kashmir issue,” the spokesperson said.
“India seems to be frustrated by the fact that she (Asiya) was not changing her stance,” she added.
She further said that the authorities gave no reason for her arrest. “There is an apprehension that the she may be framed in a fake case.”
“We think that she was arrested because she has asked people to defy the ban on sale of beef and sacrifice only bovine this Eid or may be because she was invited by OIC” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said that while Asiya’s husband was already in jail “she too has been arrested shamelessly only a few days before Eid leaving her two children alone with nobody to look after them.”
In a statement, senior pro-freedom leader Javaid Ahmad Mir also condemned the arrest of Asiya.
Muslim Deeni Mahaz, in statement, also condemned Asiya’s arrest saying that the arrest of Asiya and detention of dozens of youth in Pulwama was “an acceptance of defeat on part of those who were bragging about the slogans battle of ideas.”
The spokesman said that her husband, Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo is in jail for the past 23 years. “In such circumstances, arrest of Asiya has snatched away the parental care from their kids.”