J&K Govt Slaps PSA Against Geelani

21 July 2009

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has booked hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani under PSA amid protest for the release of political prisoners in the state. Hurriyat Conference chairman Geelani, who was arrested on June 6, was booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) last night for violating law and order and thus threatening public property and life. The order was handed over to Geelani at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, where he is undergoing treatment under police custody. Criticising the slapping of PSA on Geelani, the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference today said the move reflects the 'political vendetta' unleashed by the state government. 'We strongly condemn the slapping of PSA on aged leader aimed at prolonging his detention. It is a clear case of political vendetta,' Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said in a statement here. Mirwaiz also criticised the continued detention of senior separatist leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Asiya Indrabi and hundreds of other politicians. The main Opposition People's Democratic Party has also criticised the government for slapping PSA against the hardline separatist leader. 'It is ironical while the state government leaders are making noises about facilitating a dialogue between separatists and the Central government, all the leaders have been imprisoned,' a spokesman of PDP said in a statement here today. The PDP spokesman reiterated that repressive administrative measures were no answer to the problems faced by the people of the state. 'Such actions help only in promoting alienation and pushing people further away from the democratic system of the country,' he said.