Bukhari welcomes revocation of PSA against Shah Faesal, demands release of others detained

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Srinagar: Welcoming the revocation of Public Safety Act (PSA) against IAS-officer-turned politician Shah Faesal and two other leaders, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) on Thursday demanded release of former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and other detained leaders.
President of the AP Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari welcomed the release of former IAS topper turned politician Shah Faesal and two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders Sartaj Madni and Peerzada Mansoor.
However, he demanded that all other political detainees, including Ms Mufti be also released at an earliest.
In a statement issued here, Bukhari extended gratitude to the Union Home Minister for revocation of PSA against Sartaj Madni, Shah Faesal and Peerzada Mansoor and termed it as a desirable move that will help in making the political situation more favourable in coming days.
He demanded that National Conference (NC) General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar, PDP’s Naeem Akhter, NC’s Hilal Lone besides hundreds of political activists currently detained in and outside Jammu and Kashmir jails should be freed especially in view of the Coronavirus pandemic.
”It has been our consistent demand that all the political activists and leaders, including Mehbooba, should be released to ease the sufferings of people. Their release has assumed more significance in light of the prevailing pandemic that has incremented the sufferings of people,” Bukhari observed.
He said that hundreds of political activists who are presently detained in and outside Jammu Kashmir jails like Ambedkar Nagar, Lukhnow, Allahabad, Agra, Rai Bareli, Agartala and Tihar need to be shifted back to their native places immediately so as to ensure their subsequent release.
He said that there are families who are not in a position to meet their loved ones detained and lodged outside J&K jails since August 5, 2019, when the centre abrogated special status of the state and divided the state into two Union Territories (UTs).”The COVID lockdown which resulted into restriction on interstate travel has further added to the woes of the families of the political detainees. The government should immediately shift their lodgement to J&K without any further delay,” he advocated.
Bukhari said the COVID-19 crisis has adversely affected the basic human rights of political detainees who are held without charge or trial but on a mere suspicion. ”The families of such detainees are undergoing mental trauma as they are not able to visit their near and dear ones regularly,” he observed.