Mehbooba Mufti Condemns Modi Govt for Arrests of Hurriyat Leaders in Kashmir

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh meeting the President of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Smt. Mehbooba Mufti, in Srinagar on October 23, 2018. Photo: PIB (file photo)
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh meeting the President of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Smt. Mehbooba Mufti, in Srinagar on October 23, 2018. Photo: PIB (file photo)

As the tension between India and Pakistan has increased during the past one week, both the sides are preparing for an imminent military conflict between them.

By Rakesh Raman

The Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) police have detained a number of separatist leaders in different parts of the Kashmir Valley in order to avoid backlash ahead of the Supreme Court of India’s hearing on Monday of Article 35A, which gives special status to the J&K state.

The President of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, has strongly condemned the Modi (Narendra Modi) government’s move to arrest the Hurriyat / separatist leaders.

“In the past 24 hours, Hurriyat leaders and workers of Jamaat organization have been arrested. Fail to understand such an arbitrary move which will only precipitate matters in J&K. Under what legal grounds are their arrests justified? You can imprison a person but not his ideas,” Ms. Mufti tweeted.

All Parties Hurriyat Conference or Hurriyat is an alliance of 26 political, social, and religious organizations formed on March 9, 1993, as a united political front to raise the cause of Kashmiri separatism.

Ms. Mufti urged PM Modi not to harass the people of J&K. “Sir the people from J&K are also your people. They have paid a heavy price and suffered immensely. What is your Mann Ki Baat on them being harassed and punished for something they aren’t responsible for?” she asked.

Ms. Mufti also shared a video of a TV show on her twitter account that depicts the animosity between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, which is a disputed territory between the two countries. She compared it with the “Nation Wants To Know” Indian TV program that spreads exaggerated sensation and hatred between Hindus and Muslims in order to support Hindu PM Modi.

The hostility between India and Pakistan has spiraled after last week’s terror attack on CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) men in the Pulwama district of J&K.

Following widespread protests in the Kashmir Valley, the Central government on Friday ordered the deployment of 100 additional companies of paramilitary forces in J&K.

As the tension between India and Pakistan has increased during the past one week, both the sides are preparing for an imminent military conflict between them. Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Line of Control (LoC) and reviewed state of preparedness of the troops deployed there. According to Pakistan government, the Army Chief lauded high morale of troops.

Pakistan’s Ambassador at the UN in New York Maleeha Lodhi met the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to brief him about latest developments and the situation in “occupied Jammu and Kashmir” and asked him to play a role in helping to deescalate tensions.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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