Jammu and Kashmir Congressman Ghulam Ahmad Mir said on Saturday that the “house arrest” of National Conference President Farooq Abdullah was “unethical and undemocratic”.
Political leaders, including Farooq Abdullah, were arrested ahead of a People’s Alliance for the Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) march to protest the recommendations of the Jammu and Kashmir Boundaries Commission.
Besides Farooq Abdullah, who is the chairman of the alliance, his son Omar Abdullah and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti were arrested.
Keeping a prominent leader like Dr Farooq Abdullah under house arrest ahead of proposed sit-in protesting proposed Boundaries Commission is a sham, unethical and against the foundation of Indian democracy that guarantees freedom expression and freedom of expression to every citizen, ”Mir said in a statement here.
He said that the “ house arrest ” was indeed a “ gift ” offered by the government on the occasion of the New Year and condemned the “ illegal house arrest ” of Abdullah and other PAGD leaders.
The PAGD is an alliance formed by five traditional political parties based in Jammu and Kashmir, including the National Conference and the PDP, which seeks to restore the special status of the former state of Jammu and Kashmir which was revoked by the Center in August 2019.
Congress believes that such an “undemocratic measure” (detention of leaders) can only “further disappoint” the people of Jammu and Kashmir, “who have already lost confidence” in the current dispensation , said Mir.
“Preventing leaders from demonstrating peacefully is” indicative of hypocrisy on the part of the BJP government, “said the congressman.
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