Unfazed by the controversy over the release of MasaratAlam, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday said the decision to release the separatist leader was taken during the Governor's rule in J&K.
“That the government had taken a view. It was decided on February 2 that he would be released and the due process was followed," senior PDP leader and Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu told reporters here.
The minister also accused the media of making a mountain out of a molehill.
"If you want to make a mountain out of a molehill, it's up to you. Media should not set the agenda of state governments. State governments have priority, they follow a process work in tandem with the government of India and due process is followed so let not media set the agenda," he said.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a sports event, senior PDP leader and Minister for Sports Imran Raza Ansari said Jammu and Kashmir government would abide by the court directives on the release of political prisoners.
"Whatever the Supreme Court and courts tell us, we are going to abide by that (on release of political prisoners in future),” Ansari said.
Asked whether the Mufti Sayeed government has written to New Delhi assuring it that the policy to release political prisoners will be put on hold, Raza said; "Whatever law says, whatever courts direct us, we have been maintaining this".
On the issue of consulting coalition partner BJP or New Delhi, Raza said: "We are implementing authorities (of court orders)"."We are doing political reconciliation. Let that happen," he said.