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PSA Not Alternative To Political Outreach: PDP After Senior Leader Booked Again

Early this week government booked Mehbooba under PSA after her earlier detention period expired.

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PSA Not Alternative To Political Outreach: PDP After Senior Leader Booked Again
Former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti with PDP leader Naeem Akhtar
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PSA Not Alternative To Political Outreach: PDP After Senior Leader Booked Again
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2020-05-08T22:16:03+05:30

Following the extension of former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's detention under Public Safety Act for another three months, the government today extended the detention of senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Naeem Akhtar for another three months. The PDP says such moves are bound to fail and they cannot be alternative to political outreach.

The PDP also said the BJP’s “Kashmir chaos” theory is bound to fail.

Condemning the state administration’s move to extend the detention of former minister, PDP on Friday said that the “Kashmir chaos theory” of ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is not only bound to fail but it will have serious ramifications as well.

“The latest move to extend the detention of senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar for another three months is an indication of BJP’s political vendetta against the mainstream political leadership of Kashmir”, former legislator and party spokesperson Firdous Tak said in a statement.

“BJP is working on the implementation of chaos theory in Kashmir under which the mainstream political leadership are either to be discredited or silenced, media arm-twisted, democratic institutions smashed and administrative machinery hijacked”, Tak said adding that under this agenda the aspirations of people are to be curbed and new political aspirations pushed.

“The theory is itself chaotic and has proved counterproductive so far”, he said adding that the misconceived policies and attitude of vendetta and vengeance is only adding to the alienation of people. “Those at the helm of affairs are either too naive to gauge the mood at the ground or they have misunderstood the capability of general masses in Jammu and Kashmir”, he said adding that these people, making policies, must take a lesson from the history of the erstwhile state to enlighten themselves.

Early this week government booked Mehbooba under PSA after her earlier detention period expired. Akhtar and Mehbooba Mufti were arrested on August 5, 2019, the day the central government revoked Article 370 and Article 35A of Indian Constitution amid lockdown, communication blockade and arrest of thousands of people in Jammu and Kashmir.

The government initially booked them under section 107 of CrPc for six months like other political leaders and after the expiry of the six months of their detention in February this year, the government booked them under PSA.

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