Release all detained politicians in J&K: Farooq | India News – Times of India


SRINAGAR: Farooq Abdullah, head of the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) and National Conference president, on Thursday appealed Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to release all political detainees “for democracy to survive” in Jammu and Kashmir. He also demanded immediate restoration of 4G internet services across the valley.
PAGD members held a meeting at Farooq Abdullah’s residence at Gupkar on Thursday to discuss the post-poll situation after conclusion of the District Development Council (DDC) elections. Mehbooba Mufti could not attend the meeting and was represented by Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjuria.
Farooq told reporters after the meeting that if the LG-led administration and the Government of India want democracy to survive in J&K, all those detained should be released immediately. “Plus, I urge the LG administration and the Centre to ensure restoration of 4G internet services as soon as possible. The Prime Minister is talking about 5G, but we don’t even have 4G in J&K. Besides, I urge the LG-led administration to provide uninterrupted power supply as people of J&K have suffered due to outages for ages,” he said.
Asked whether PAGD will remain intact or break up, now that the DDC polls are over, Farooq said, “We are here to stay and nobody should have any doubt about it.”
Awami National Conference vice-president Muzaffar Shah added, “PAGD will absolutely stay.”
Senior PAGD member and Peoples Conference chairman Sajad Lone alleged that the government is working in a partisan manner and confining people either to their homes or in police stations. “It should resist from this and not humiliate the verdict of the DDC polls… Under no circumstances, should democracy be tinkered with,” Lone said.
“Preventive detentions are a new trend. What is the logic of this? We have had most peaceful DDC polls in which there was not even a single incidence of violence. We condemn these preventive detention and demand release of all immediately,” he added.

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