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NC, PDP talk about Mehbooba’s release, forget other detained leaders
3/29/2020 11:45:22 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Mar 29: Amid the demands mounting for the release of PDP President Mehbooba Mufti by the National Conference and the PDP, these two parties seem to have outrightly forgotten their other leaders who are under detention at present.
Both the parties at the present time have galvanised their efforts upon the release of the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti especially after the government released NC president Dr Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah.
However, what these two parties seem to have so stoically forgotten is the fact that there are other senior leaders of the PDP as well as of the National Conference who are under detention and have been slapped with the Public Safety Act. The leaders are PDP’s Naeem Akhtar, Sartaj Madani, Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, NC’s Ali Mohammadd Sagar, Nasir Aslam Wani and several others. There are scores of other leaders from both the parties who have been kept under house detention. However, NC and PDP seem adamant for Mehbooba’s release alone, raising eyebrows that something vital may be waiting in the wings to be witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir’s political landscape.
Sensing that the party has forgotten a very senior leader, one of NC leader’s son took to twitter recently to highlight how many ordeals he had to face while delivering lunch to his detained father currently lodged in a government building in Srinagar’s Gupkar.
A senior PDP leader said that while the party would want the release of its President Mehbooba Mufti at an earliest, it wouldn’t in anyway undermine the demand for the release of other senior leaders of the party. “This is wrong. Both NC and PDP shouldn’t focus on the release of Mehbooba Mufti alone. There are other senior leaders also who are in prison since August 5. We all should be equally vocal for their release as well,” said the PDP leader.
Post August 5, last year when Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was scarped, the government besides imposing gag on communication services also detained scores of political leaders and their supporters. The government argued that the measure will help restoring normalcy on ground and will prevent eruption of protest demonstrations.
Reports in the month of January, the year came to fore that the government in a meeting held earlier and was attended by NSA Ajit Doval, JK Lt Governor Murmu and several others. They took an important decision of calling back the additional companies of forces from Kashmir- deployed this year ahead of August 5. Such a measure had also given rise to the possibilities that the security scenario in Jammu and Kashmir is improving and needs to further efforts to tackle the law and order issues if witnessed by the authorities in near future.
The government later initiated the process of releasing the detained mainstream politicians and on March 13 released Dr Farooq Abdullah while as on March 23 set free his son Omar Abdullah from Hari Niwas Sub Jail.
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