Release Big Step In Right Direction: Omar

SRINAGAR: Describing the release of Liaqat Shah as a big step in the right direction,Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Friday said that he felt glad that Shah was granted bail. He hoped that National Investigation Team (NIA) would complete its probe soon.

Soon after Liaqat was granted bail, Omar tweeted that he was too happy that Shah was granted bail. “I am very glad that Liaqat Shah has been granted bail. While this is a big step in the right direction I hope the NIA inquiry is finished soon,” Omar wrote. 

Omar’s stand vindicated: NC

Ruling National Conference Friday welcomed the decision by Delhi Court to grant bail to Liyaqat Shah saying that Omar Abdullah stands vindicated after the court confirmed that there is no substantial linkage regarding his involvement in any terror activities.

“Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has all along been saying that Liyaqat had no intention to carry out any attack as he was returning along with his family members and not carrying any weapons” National Conference Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani said adding “Today’s development will repose faith of all the people who intend to take advantage of the governments surrender and rehabilitation policy”

PDP relieved

Expressing relief at the grant of bail to Liyaqat Shah, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Friday said it was now obvious that the charges slapped against him by Delhi Police were not true as pointed out at the time of his arrest.

A spokesman of the Party said while the final verdict of the court was still to come, the relief granted to Liyaqat has raised hopes of a fair trial for him.

He said Liyaqatat’s case should lead to focusing on the plight of numerous young people from Kashmir who are languishing in different jails of the country including Delhi's Tihar prison. “The news report that 15 Kashmiri prisoners had been dumped into a small 8+8 cell in Tihar jail is a cause of deep concern and worry. The PDP reiterates its demand for a white paper on the status of all prisoners in various jails of the country and providing legal assistance to those among them who can't afford it,” the spokesman said.

Referring to recent acquittal of some Kashmiri youth accused of terrorist activities, the spokesman said it is unfortunate that Muslims in general and Kashmiris in particular are viewed with suspicion. He said many lives have been destroyed by malicious arrest and prosecution of innocents and there is need to end this victimization on patently religious grounds. “People from Kashmir and Muslims from elsewhere are not able easily to get accommodation and are the first targets of police whenever a terror incident takes place,” he said and added such an attitude is unfortunately pushing Muslim youth to alienation and extremism and the vicious cycle of brutalities on innocents continues unabated.

The spokesman said the rehabilitation policy for the people who crossed the LoC needs to be revisited in view of the loopholes that came into notice after Liyaqat fiasco. He said the policy needs to be streamlined to ensure hassle free return of our youth and their purposeful rehabilitation. "At present the returning militants who had gone as young people and are now middle aged persons with families are facing immense problems in absence of a proper rehabilitation that should include their sustenance, schooling of their children, benefits of citizenship like ration cards, passports etc and the nationality issues of their spouses" he added.

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