Asiya Andrabi’s detention ‘unjustified’, political vendetta, says Jama’at

Srinagar

Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday expressed strong resentment over the ‘unjustified detention’ of ailing woman leader Asiya Andrabi, the chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) and her secretary Fehmeeda Sofi under the draconian Public Safety Act.

“This is an act of political vendetta which is totally undemocratic, immoral and inhumane,” a spokesperson of Jama’at said in a statement issued here.

Moreover, Jama’at denounced the use of force against students by the state authorities which is “unjustifiable and a blatant violation” of basic human rights of the freedom of speech and expression.

“The detention of students in various parts of the valley tantamounts to ruining their educational career and future life. This unabated harassment of student community seems to be a well designed plan to provoke them to commit undesirable acts. The people at the helm of affairs seem to be totally unconcerned and indifferent towards the miseries of the common masses who are suffering badly at the hands of state forces and facing the worst possible state atrocities. On the one hand, these power thirsty people advise them to keep up the peculiar character of ‘Kashmiriyat’ which virtually is the gift of Islam and not that of any language or region or caste. But on the other hand they have given free hand to the state forces to commit barbarity upon the innocent people here. As the vast majority of Kashmiris follow Islam, therefore they never indulge in any activities going against the human ethos and ethics despite all provocations and facing merciless brutalities at the hands of the Indian forces because Islam teaches them the patience and perseverance in all odds and tribulations. Moreover, the Indian media is running a defamatory propaganda campaign against the Kashmiri people which is totally baseless, biased and communally charged with a vicious purpose to cause an irreparable damage to the image of Islam and their just and genuine struggle for securing their right of self-determination in addition to pushing them to economic devastation,” the statement added.

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