Amendment In PSA Shows Govt’s Revenge Mentality: Hurriyat (M)

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‘Kashmir the only place where foreign media is barred from reporting’

SRINAGAR — Hurriyat Con­ference (M) has expressed strong concern and the resent­ment over the amendment to the draconian Public Safety Act through an ordinance by the Governor led State Ad­ministrative Council (SAC) to ensure Kashmiri political prisoners slapped with PSA are shifted to prisons outside the state. Hurriyat (M) termed the move as anti-human and against the basic principles of humanity, adding, it reflects the revenge mentality against these political prisoners.

In a statement, Hurriyat Conference (M) said that scores of Kash­miri political prisoners have already been shifted to jails outside the State and the new law is aimed to shift the re­maining prisoners which is against the Indian Supreme Court ruling that says prison­ers facing trial be lodged in jails closer to their homes.

Hurriyat said dozens of pris­oners lodged in outside prisons including notorious Tihar in New Delhi are deprived of ba­sic medical facilities and are lodged with criminals which pose a big threat to their lives.

Hurriyat (M) said amend­ment to draconian PSA is aimed at further instilling fear among people among the fami­lies of prisoners and to build pressure on people of Kashmir to force them into submission.

Hurriyat said people of Kashmir are already suf­fering on every front due to the unbridled powers given to lakhs of forces to unleash terror on common masses and now amendment to PSA seems another move to strengthen that repress.

Hurriyat Conference (M) also castigated New Delhi for imposing arbitrary censorship and disallowing foreign jour­nalists from visiting Jammu and Kashmir and stated that the move reflects Delhi’s des­peration to keep away foreign media from reporting the truth about the ground realities of Kashmir especially the worst state repression being un­leashed on people of Kashmir.

Hurriyat (M) said that the move to stop foreign media from visiting and reporting Kashmir amounts to direct assault on the freedom of press and that the international media should take note of it and protest this undemocratic gesture.

Hurriyat said that Kashmir is the only place where for­eign media is prevented from reporting the events at a time when human rights violations are at an all time high.

But in today’s age of tech­nology and mass media peo­ple across the globe are well aware of the day to day hap­penings in Kashmir. (KNS)

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