Mehbooba’s detention extended by 3 months

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/1/2020 12:48:03 AM

Draconian PSA invoked again for detaining ex-CM

SRINAGAR, July 31: The Jammu and Kashmir administration today extended the detention of PDP president Mehbooba Mufti by three months under the Public Safety Act.
She was among hundreds of people who were taken into preventive custody hours ahead of the Centre revoking special status of Jammu and Kashmir and breaking the state into two union territories on August 5 last year.
The current detention order of the former chief minister was expiring on August 5 this year.
According to an order issued by the Home Department, Mehbooba will continue to remain under detention for another three months at her official residence at Fairview Bungalow, which has been declared a subsidiary jail.
“The law enforcing agencies have recommended further extension in the period of detention and on examination, the same is considered to be necessary,” the order reads.
Most of the other mainstream politicians, including Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah, have been released from custody.
Soon after the extension of her PSA detention, Mehbooba’s daughter, Iltaja Mufti said in an interview to Newsclick that “her mother’s detention has been extended because of her firm stand on Article 370 and that “she has not budged an inch and she is not going to budge an inch.”
Iltaja also said, “Since the day this decision was taken, my mother has been fighting. Had her stand changed, I would not have been tweeting or giving interviews. Let me tell you, this is not only her battle. It is everyone’s battle. It is not only about political parties, families or personalities. It’s a huge fight. If we don’t forge unity, we will not be able to do anything. The powers that be in New Delhi are uncomfortable with any kind of unity. So, it is very important for us to come together now.
Blaming the BJP led Central government for the split in BJP, she said that “they want to create an impression that PDP is falling apart.” She added, “You need to think why this has happened only with PDP and not any other party? It’s because they want to create an example out of my mother. Why have they kept her under detention? It’s because of her stand on (Article) 370. She hasn’t budged an inch and is not going to budge an inch.”

 

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