SRINAGAR: Several pro-freedom organisations and Jammu Kashmir Bar Association (JKBA) have condemned the shifting of Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Syeda Aasiya Andrabi along with her two associates Sofi Fehmeeda and Nahida Nasreen from Srinagar Central Jail to New Delhi by NIA.
The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has called for complete shutdown today against the shifting of the trio to New Delhi.
A spokesperson of the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference while condemned the shifting of the trio said these measures are “mere political vendetta” against the resistance leadership.
“Such pressure tactics have failed in the past and are destined to fail in future as well,” he said in a statement. “The ultimate repression being unleashed by the government forces against the resistance leadership and the people of Kashmir can neither silence the voices of freedom nor break the resolve and commitment of people of Kashmir towards the movement.”
He said Kashmir issue is a well acknowledged fact by the world community and its resolution is highly inevitable as it guarantees peace in the subcontinent and South Asia.
J&K High Court Bar Association (JKHCBA) Srinagar in a statement termed the shifting of Aasiya and her associates to New Delhi as the “worst kind of human rights violation”.
“The Bar Association maintains that by shifting Aasiya Andrabi and others to New Delhi, the Government of India wants to intimidate, humiliate, terrorise and torture the freedom loving people of Kashmir and their leaders so that they succumb to the pressure and give up their demand for their inalienable right of self-determination for which they have been fighting for the last 70 years,” Bar said.
“At a time, when United Nations Human Rights Council has taken a strong notice of the human rights violation in Kashmir and has demanded that the Kashmir issue should be resolved in accordance with the wishes of the people by implementing United Nations Security Council Resolutions, the arrest, detention and lodging of Aasiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen and Fahmeeda Sofi, in police custody in New Delhi, is highly deplorable,” the statement added.
The Bar Association said all the three activists of DeM, who have been “illegally, unlawfully and unconstitutionally” shifted to New Delhi, should be released forthwith.
The Bar in a meeting held on Friday also decided to support the shutdown call given by JRL today.
Chairman Muslim League Jammu Kashmir Mushtaq-ul-Islam in a statement said, “Aasiya is unwell and suffering from multiple ailments and despite her case quashed by judiciary, the state and Delhi rulers are subjecting her to political vendetta.”
He said the steadfastness, persistence and commitment illustrated by Aasiya and her husband Dr Mohammad Qasim Faktoo serve an exemplary precedence of bravery and valour.
“These coward measures, detentions, intimidations, harassment and assault on women can never break our resolve and despite all arbitrary measures and haughty approach of rulers, people and leadership will pursue the right to self-determination and destination of freedom,” Mushtaq-ul-Islam said adding that people will never change their stance.
“India and its agencies were frustrated by the fact that Syeda Aasiya Andrabi was a popular leader and commands love and respect among the masses for her bold and clear stand and approach towards Kashmir issue,” the ML chairman said. “While Aasiya’s husband was already in jail, she too has been arrested shamelessly and shifted to Delhi by NIA just to harass her and freedom loving people of Jammu Kashmir.”
Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir in a statement denounced the shifting of DeM chief and her aides to New Delhi by NIA, terming it as “an act of sheer vengeance”.
“This is from all aspects a shameful game played to suppress the genuine voice of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Jama’at said. “NIA could have interrogated these respectable women leaders in Srinagar too but to create an atmosphere of terror among the masses, these women have been shifted to Delhi without any moral justification or legal authority. This is an erosion of the special powers of Jammu and Kashmir otherwise NIA has no role here.”
Jama’at demanded immediate return of all the three women leaders to valley and their unconditional release.