Ideas Can Not Be Chained: PDP on Mehbooba’s PSA Extension


Mehbooba Mufti – KO File Pic: Abid Bhat

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday flayed the BJP government over furthering PSA detention of party president Mehbooba Mufti and other senior political leaders for three months, terming such an action vindictive and reiterated that muscular approach will not take Jammu and Kashmir anywhere as this has been tried for many decades and hasn’t yielded any positive outcome.

Reacting over the government order in question, PDP spokesman said that even after being imprisoned for nine months since Jammu and Kashmir was plundered of its unique position; the extension of PSA for three more months against PDP President has hinted that government has some more dreadful developments in its kitty to shock the already perturbed populace with. “Otherwise there is no justification of extending PSA of Mehbooba Mufti and other senior leaders for three more months amid the prevalent pandemic. By taking such undemocratic, unconstitutional, and unnatural measures, the government in actual is trying to show its electorate how tough it is against the Muslims and against Jammu and Kashmir,” said the spokesman.

According to the party spokesman, such measures will have far-reaching consequences, and such decisions only increase the level of alienation and frustration among the people. He added that PDP has a clear stand that ideas cannot be chained, banned, or killed and that in democracy, ideas are allowed to flourish and not choked. “It is ironic that by taking such undemocratic, unconstitutional and unnatural measures, the BJP still believes in the efficacy of these methods and are trying to repeat the old mistakes which will be meaningless and will prove counterproductive,” said the party spokesman.

Meanwhile, senior PDP leader Nizamuddin Bhat has condemned government decision of extending detention of Mehbooba Mufti, Sartaj Madni, and Ali Mohd Sagar, terming it disregard of all exceptions- Holy month, pandemic age, law, justice, and the public interest.

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