Mufti put on test by his own party members; asked for release of prisoners and withdrawl of minor cases


Jammu and Kashmir news

People’s Democratic Party has put its own leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on trial by calling for the release of political prisoners and withdrawl of the cases against the stone throwers before Eid-ul-Fitr. Nizamudin Bhat, general secretary of PDP told that the party hopes that the government will actively consider release of political prisoners on the eve of Eid ul Fitr. Any request for parole from under trials and other jail inmates if pending with the home department is also hoped to be accorded compassionate consideration.

He added that PDP has always struggled hard to terminate the sufferings of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and it is in this context that this needs to gain priority with the government. Anyone who is involved in minor offenses deserves amnesty and the pending cases against the stone-pelters should also be withdrawn, he said. Bhat expressed that the party has been facing hurdles in the course of implementation of liberal policies of PDP. Therefore, on a day like Eid Ul Fitr, the government should be firm in its approach to uphold the PDP’s policies.

The demand of PDP has come months after the government halted the release of political detainees following the controversy raised over Masarat Alam’s release. Masarat, who is the face of 2010 agitation, was released on March 7, a week after Mufti took oath as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. The release had sparked national outrage and even Prime Minister expressed his anguish over the move. However, Alam’s freedom ended soon enough and he was rearrested on charges of sedition and waging war against the state, holding a pro Pakistan rally in Srinagar in April.


Opposition party National Conference has mocked the party calling the demand as the worst form of theatrics. NC spokesman said that the party is assuring people of releasing detainees and the same government is sending 14 year olds to jail over their protest on the administration’s inaction to recover the body of a youth who had drowned in Shopian.