Mehbooba Mufti Demands Answers on Unjust Detentions
Urging the LG administration to provide an account of the hundreds of people arrested daily bypassing procedures, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday said the repressive measures by various government agencies had made life, property, and privacy of people insecure. Addressing party workers at Noorabad Kulgam, she as per news agency Kashmir Dot Com said even women were not spared. She was referring to an elderly lady who had been arrested for money laundering.
Mehbooba said though countless people were arrested by agencies like NIA, CBI, SIA, and SIU hardly any information was shared about their fate. “Please tell us are they alive or dead, where are they lodged? Which court has remanded them to custody? “ she asked the LG in a direct question. She said in spite of so many arrests there hardly was any conviction from the court as they all had been picked up on trumped-up charges. This should lead the administration to review its policies, she added.
Mehbooba or her party never sought power but the vision offered by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is to bring J&K out of its misery and ensure a life of peace and dignity for its people. She said more important than power is the moral strength and political will to speak up for people and their rights. “I did not compromise on that even while heading the government with the BJP.
She said going into an alliance was a requirement not for power but to block its designs. We did that successfully as long as it lasted. She said the BJP withdrew support to her government only after realizing that we would implement our agenda of peace and development and would not go along the dotted line as they were used to.
Urging the people to lend their voice to the efforts for restoration of our rights Mehbooba said she’s not on a campaign for votes. “Positions don’t matter to me but what matters is to speak up for our agenda and our people. I’ll never compromise on that, come what may”, she added.
The convention was attended by senior leaders Sartaj Madani, Waheed Parra, Manzoor Zargar, Gulzar Dar, Sheikh Mohuddin, Arshid Baba, and others.