Recalls how ‘Mufti Sayeed succumbed’ to re-arrest him
Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday welcomed the court verdict to quash the PSA of Hurriyat leader and Muslim League chairman Masarat Alam Bhat but expressed apprehension that fate of this revocation may not be different from similar orders given in the past, as the authorities must have prepared another dossier to clip the wings before he even tries to fly off.
In a statement Geelani said that in case anybody defies the court order, he is liable to face the contempt proceedings, but government very brazenly and shamelessly refutes and rebukes the court decisions repeatedly and so-called powerful and authoritative judiciary seems to be more than helpless to yield to the pressure of the government.
Hailing the resolve, determination and resilience of Masrat Alam whose more than 17 years’ incarceration has failed to dent him, Hurriyat chairman said that the nation which harbors brave hearts like him, can never be defeated in their sacred mission.
He said that Masarat Alam continues to be in jail since 2010, although late Mufti Syed dared to release him as a ‘’good will gesture’’ of his new coalition government in March 2014, But this Indian by conviction, Mufti Sahib was labeled to be soft on pro-freedom sentiments.
“The jingoistic and hyper nationalist medias’ uproar took him to task and this so-called seasoned and bold politician of his caliber couldn’t sustain the media pressure and within the short period of a month, Masarat Alam was again put behind bars, thereby saving his coalition government and also satisfying the collective conscience of media houses,” Geelani added.