Mehbooba Mufti still held under PSA, some raise questions


Composed by Bashaarat Masood
, P Vaidyanathan Iyer|Srinagar |

Updated: August 1, 2020 10: 08: 33 am

Mehbooba Mufti’s detention under PSA was scheduled to expire on August 5.

The J&K administration on Friday extended the detention of former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti by 3 months for the second time under the Public Safety Act (PSA) even as a section of officials in the administration stated they were unsure of the need to continue with her detention. She is the only political leader still apprehended under PSA.

An order provided by House Secretary Shaleen Kabra said the Home Department considered it required to extend the detention list below suggestions by law-enforcing companies to that effect. Mehbooba Mufti’s detention under PSA was arranged to expire on August 5.

But some senior authorities told The Indian Express they were waiting on a signal from New Delhi to release Mehbooba Mufti.

” No politician is under PSA … We do not anticipate any problem upon her release,” said an official, who did not want to be called. When asked why was she being kept in custody, the official said: “That’s a concern more apt for New Delhi than Srinagar.”

Another authorities stated that Mufti’s ongoing detention has to do more with politics than security. The authorities said launching her ahead of conclusion of a year since the abrogation and coinciding with Eid, would have sent out a positive signal to all political parties and other stakeholders.?

Some authorities said the extension was regular, and does not suggest she would be always kept under detention for three more months. Both Farooq Abdullah and his child Omar Abdullah of National Conference were launched about two weeks and 6 weeks, respectively, ahead of the expiration of their detention under PSA.

In truth, Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti has termed the third PSA versus her mom as an “Eid Gift” from the federal government saying this would not discourage her mom from revealing her outrage versus the “onslaught on our dignity and constitutional rights”.

This is the second time the House Department has extended the detention period. “… the duration of detention of Ms Mehbooba Mufti … be extended for a period of 3 months and she might be lodged at Subsidiary Prison Fairview Gupkar roadway Srinagar,” the order stated.

Mehbooba Mufti, 61, was arrested on August 5 in 2015, the day the Main federal government abrogated the unique status of Jammu and Kashmir and downgraded the state into two Union Territories. While Mufti was lodged under preventive detention for 6 months, she was booked under PSA in February this year along with previous Chief Minister and political competing Omar Abdullah.

In its very first PSA file versus Mufti, the administration had actually described the green colour of her celebration flag, the similarity of her celebration’s election sign with that of Muslim United Front (MUF)– a conglomerate of Valley celebrations that objected to elections in 1987– and her refusal to sign a bond that she would not speak about the ditching of Short Article 370 as the factors for slapping PSA against her.

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While Abdullah was released March 24, Mufti continued to serve detention. On April 7, she was shifted to her main house that was stated as a subsidiary jail by the government. When her first PSA expired on May 5, it was extended for another 3 months.

omar abdullah, omar abdullah on J&K special status, omar abdullah on statehood, omar abdullah released, omar abdullah on J&K elections Omar Abdullah after being released from detention in March. (Express Picture: Shuaib Masoodi)

Mufti’s child Iltija told The Indian Express that she was hoping her mom would be launched on Eid.

” Just like the unique status is a political decision and not a judicial one, I believe, the release of detainees here is likewise a political choice. It is apparent they don’t desire any type of normalcy, they desire their own variation of normalcy, they want their own story and they want people here just to keep discussing statehood”.

Iltija stated the third PSA versus her mom wouldn’t prevent her and she would speak up when she is free.

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