Srinagar, November 16, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders and organizations have condemned the charge-sheet filed by India’s notorious National Investigation Agency (NIA) against ailing Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, and her associates, Naheeda Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi, and slapping of draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), one more time on senior APHC leader, Masarrat Aalam Butt.
The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in statement issued in Srinagar said that putting political leaders and activists including women in jails on concocted charges and slapping repeated PSA on political leaders and activists was nothing but mockery of justice and democracy.
It said that the NIA had arrested dozens of Kashmiris on fictitious charges. On Wednesday, the NIA charge-sheeted ailing women leaders, Aasiya Andrabi, Naheeda Nasreen and Fahmida Sofi, who are in its custody from last many months, it added.
The JRL said the charge-sheet against these women leaders is not only concocted but also a bundle of lies and its sole purpose is to prolong their illegal detention. Similarly, it said, other arrested people, languishing in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail under same kinds of fake charges, are made to suffer for their political beliefs and endeavours.
The JRL termed the invoking of PSA 37th time on Masarrat Aalam Butt as another example of state terrorism and said that a political leader was being subjected to chauvinism by illegal means and this was being done in the name of so-called peace and democracy. It said that thousands of Kashmiris had been put in jails, interrogation centers and police stations and many of these were being slapped with repeated PSAs to prolong their incarceration and inflict more and more sufferings to them.
The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim League and Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in their statements in Srinagar condemned the charge-sheet against Aasiya Andrabi and her associates and termed it just a ploy to prolong their illegal detention.
They also denounced the slapping of PSA on Masarrat Aalam Butt and said that the PSA had become a tool of suppression and oppression. Slapping of 37th PSA on Masarrat Aalam Butt has proved that there is nothing against him and he is being kept behind the bars for nothing, they added.
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