March 2020 News

All Political Parties Hail Revocation Of PSA Against Omar Abdullah

24 March 2020
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, welcomed the release of former Chief Minister and National Conference Leader Omar Abdullah. 'I am extremely happy that ultimately Omar Abdullah has been released after nearly eight months of detention by the Central Government. This detention was totally undemocratic and uncalled for. I urge the Government of India to also immediately release Mehbooba Mufti and hundreds of other political detainees who are either in Jammu & Kashmir or in jails of different parts of the country especially in view of the Corona-virus crisis.' Azad said. Azad added that it's high time that the Government realizes its mistake and restores the Statehood of Jammu & Kashmir. He further elaborated that the Government must also give back the exclusive rights on lands and services and the constitutional and democratic rights of the people of Jammu & Kashmir as before August 2019. Azad along with other opposition leaders have been repeatedly demanding the release of the former Chief Ministers and other senior leaders of all the political parties and civilians who have been detained on 4th August 2019 and after, at all forums inside and outside the Parliament. The opposition leaders had also represented to the President for release of Jammu & Kashmir leaders from unconstitutional detention. NC welcomes Omar's release, calls it step in right direction Jammu: NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Tuesday welcomed the release of former chief minister Omar Abdullah after nearly eight months of detention, describing it a 'step in the right direction'. 'It is a defining moment that will go a long way in further strengthening democracy and initiating genuine political activities in Jammu and Kashmir,' Rana said in a statement here. The National Conference (NC) vice president was released after charges under the Public Safety Act (PSA), slapped on him in February, were revoked. He spent 232 days in custody since the government announced abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state on August 5 last year. Rana expressed hope that Abdullah's release would lead to the release of all other political leaders against whom there are no criminal charges. 'This is imperative for generating an atmosphere of trust and creating conducive conditions to resume healthy political discourse in the larger interest of the people,' he said. He said the NC has always been a strong votary of democracy and secularism, which he described as the cherished agenda of party founder, Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and political philosophy of the party that stands guarantee to steering Jammu and Kashmir to peace and prosperity. Iltija Mufti welcomes Omar Abdullah's release from detention Srinagar, Mar 24 (PTI) PDP president Mehbooba Mufti's daughter Iltija Mufti on Tuesday welcomed National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah's release from nearly eight months of detention. However, Iltija Mufti, whose mother is still under detention under the Public Safety Act, said for all its talk of women power and women emancipation, the Centre seems to fear women the most referring to her mother's continued detention. 'Glad he will be released. For all their talk of nari Shakti & women emancipation, seems like this regime fears women the most (sic),' Iltija wrote on Mehbooba Mufti's Twitter handle. She has been tweeting from her mother's handle ever since the PDP president and former chief minister was detained in August last year. Omar Abdullah's release order was issued after charges under the Public Safety Act (PSA), slapped on him in February, were revoked. The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, who turned 50 on March 10, had spent 232 days in custody since the government announced abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state on August 5 last year. The NC leader was initially detained under preventive custody and later slapped with the PSA on February 5. JK CPI (M) welcomes Omar's release, demands restoration of 4G mobile internet services Jammu: Senior CPI (M) leader in J-K, Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami welcomed the revocation of PSA against former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday and called for restoration of 4G mobile internet services and mobilisation of all resources to contain the spread of coronavirus in the UT. National Conference vice-president Abdullah was released after charges under the Public Safety Act (PSA), slapped on him in February, were revoked. He spent 232 days in custody since the government announced abrogation of the special status of the erstwhile state on August 5 last year. 'This (release of Omar) is a welcome move. We reiterate our demand for release of all those who have been arrested since August 5, especially those kept in different jails outside Jammu and Kashmir,' Tarigami told PTI. He also urged the administration to focus on mobilisation of all resources and do everything possible to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the region. 'The present situation also demands immediate restoration of the 4G mobile internet services in Jammu and Kashmir,' he added. 4G mobile internet service was snapped across Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. Currently, 2G mobile internet services are available in the region. Monga demands release of all post Aug 5 detainees Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Vice President and former MLC G N Monga today welcomed the decision of the government to revoke the PSA of former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. In a statement issued to press from here he said while Omar's release is a welcome step, the government must without any delay release all political leaders and others who were detained after the revocation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5, 2019. 'There was no justification to keep Omar Abdullah and other leaders under detention. The release was long overdue,' he said. The JKPCC Vice President said that there was a crisis situation not only in Kashmir but across the world due to the spread of deadly cornavirus disease. 'Under these circumstances, the government must without any delay release all the detainees who are languishing in jails within J&K and outside,' Monga demanded. The Congress leader said that no normalcy was possible in Kashmir without the restoration of the political process. 'This calls for the release of all detained leaders and engagement with them. Government of India's approach towards J&K must be people-centric and guided by a resolute commitment to the country's diversity and religious pluralism,' he said. Release of Omar a welcome step: Hakeem Demands immediate release of all political leaders, youth Srinagar: Chairman Peoples Democratic Front ( PDF) Hakeem Yaseen has welcomed release of Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah who was under custody for about seven months under the Public Safety Act (PSA) In a statement issued today, Hakeem Yaseen while welcoming release of Omar Abdullah has urged for the release of Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufi , JKPM president Shah Faisal, Jk peoples party chief Sajad Gani Lone alongwith all other political leaders and youth adding that their free movement will help to rejuvenate stalled political process in the state. He said with the release of political leaders , the people of the state shall get a political platform to highlight thier grievances and problems without any difficulty. PDF Chairman said that difference of ideas and dissent was the essence of democracy adding that silencing the voice of opposition through coercive means doesn't behove good in a democratic set up. Hakeem Yaseen has also urged the government to lift ban on 4-G internet adding that use of high speed internet has become all the more necessary due to total clampdown in the wake of spread of Coronaviru. He said high speed internet would be very useful and beneficial to keep the masses abreast with the important measures and precautions to prevent spread of Coronaviru in the state. He has also made a fervent appeal to the people of the state to strictly follow the instructions of the administration and medical experts , being issued from time to time , in connection with the control of dreaded Novel Coronavirus adding that there should be no compromise on the health advisories against the fatal disease. PC welcomes release of Omar, demands release of Sajad, Mehbooba other political leaders Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference welcomes the release of Omar Abdullah Sahib from detention of more than seven months. While this is a step in the right direction, the government must also release other political leaders, workers and activists who were continue to remain under detention. 'The government must, at the earliest, initiate the process of releasing political leaders who continue to remain under detention including PC Chairman Sajad Lone, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, Naeem Akhtar, Sartaj Madni, Peer Mansoor and Shah Faesal. We also urge them to release political workers and activists booked under under the draconian Public Safety Act and languishing in jails across the country, which include six workers of the Peoples Conference.'