With stark change in their stance on Alam, NC reeks of double standards

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National Conference patron and former Union Minister Farooq Abdullah recently criticized the state government over separatist leader Masarat Alam’s detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

Farooq critically said that the PDP has been maintaining that they won’t slap PSA against people and will bring about a positive change in Kashmir with that. “Now that they have slapped PSA against Alam, they are answerable to the people of Kashmir for doing so,” he added.

However, it is to be noted that it was Omar led government only, who had put Masarat Alam under detention after the 2010 riots. Alam was slapped with PSA after he organized the anti-India protests of 2010 in the valley which saw the death of 112 people. He was in detention under the PSA since October 2010 and was released after four years. His release had nevertheless caused massive row throughout the state leadership.

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The NC veteran urged the state government to stop getting innocent people killed and said that slapping PSA against people will not make atmosphere conducive and peaceful. The anti-national leader was taken to Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu after being booked under PSA.

Also, National Conference president and Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had raised an alarm over the controversial release of the leader who was the mastermind behind the anti India protests in the valey in 2010. Expressing his displeasure, the leader said that, “My government denied Masarat Alam and we kept him out of circulation as we had to tackle the difficult situations.” He also said that his release indicates that he has either done a deal with Mufti or he will go back to causing trouble and chaos in the valley. The separatist leader has recently held a provocative rally in Srinagar, which indicates that his agitation is not going to terminate soon as he desires to carry forward his struggle for the independence of  Kashmir, in his own words.

The leaders of the opposition parties had been condemning the ruling government for release and now that Alam had been slapped with PSA again, they are changing their stance.