PDP MP demands release of political detainees in J&K
New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP and PDP leader Mir Mohammad Fayaz on Thursday demanded release of all detained political leaders and workers, including his party’s chief Mehbooba Mufti, saying they are under detention in Jammu and Kashmir for over one year.
Raising the matter during Zero Hour in the Upper House of Parliament, Fayaz said Article 370 was abrogated on August 05 last year and thousands, including political leaders, were arrested on the same night.
“…a year has passed. Still many leaders are detained under the PSA (Public Safety Act) or under house arrest,” he said.
Mufti, a former chief minister and three-time Member of Parliament, has been booked under the PSA alleging she is a “threat” to the country, Fayaz said.
He further said while many have been released, still hundreds are under detention.
“Those who have been arrested should be released,” the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) MP demanded.
He also said that mainstream political leaders fear of being arrested in raising public issues.