Slapping PSA on youth sheer injustice: Sehrai
Srinagar: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai on Thursday condemned the slapping of PSA on Altaf Ahmed Mir, Irshad Magray, Umar Nazir Bhat of Zaloora Sopore and Ishfaq Ahmed Malla, Waqas Ahmed Malla, Mohd Ashraf Dar of Sopore.
In a statement issued here, Sehrai said, “It is a sheer injustice and illustrates brazen display of invocating the draconian law. The cases against dozens of youths, leaders and activists are filed under this infamous law and they are shifted to different jails even far-flung areas is travesty of justice and fundamental rights and deserves all forms of condemnation.”
“Slapping PSAs on pro-freedom leaders and activists have always been a tool of the rulers to try and force the people and leadership and the ongoing freedom struggle into submission,” he said, adding that such moves have been tested in the past and failed to make the people of Kashmir surrender before the Delhi’s military might and the state government’s policies of ‘coercion and repression’.
Sehrai expressed displeasure over the silence maintained by World Red Cross, ICRC and international organisation for human rights and said that their negligence towards detainees is disheartening. “As they failed to oblige their duties and nor they are taking any effective step to check senseless detention of innocent people just for demanding their legitimate and promised rights by the same international bodies decades back,” he said.
He said that on one hand on a regular basis the resistance leadership is caged either in jails or in their own homes and on the other, ultimate forms of ‘repression’ including slapping PSAs and lodging their activists into various police stations under custody for days together.
Sehrai termed these tactics as ‘an attempt to break the resolve’ of resistance leadership and people of Kashmir.