NC takes credit;Soz seeks acquittal

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, May 17: The release of Liyaqat Ali Shah on bail has triggered a debate in Jammu and Kashmir with mainstream parties relieved over the move and separatists lashing out at Delhi Police for showing ‘callous approach’ towards Kashmiris.
NC: “Chief Omar Abdullah stands vindicated after the court confirmed that there is no substantial linkage regarding Liyaqat’s involvement in any terror activities,” an NC spokesperson said. He said Chief Minister has all along been saying that Liyaqat had no intention to carry out any attack as he was returning along with his family and not carrying any weapons.
NC Provincial President for Kashmir, Nasir Aslam Wani, said: “Today’s development will repose faith of all the people who intend to take advantage of the government’s surrender and rehabilitation policy.” He said ultimately justice prevailed and the credit goes to Chief Minister on whose instance the case was handed over to NIA.
Congress: State Congress chief Prof Saifudin Soz said he would have been more happy if Liyaqat would have been fully released. “He has been released on bail which reflects lack of coordination between J&K Police and Delhi Police. The coordination between Delhi and J&K police is weak,” Soz said.
“If J&K Police considers that Liyaqat is innocent, it should convince Delhi Police. At the same time, J&K government‘s mechanism about return of youth should be explained to Delhi Police. Therefore, there is a question mark on the release of Liyaqat. Why (only) bail?” Soz asked.
CPI (M): CPI (M) State Secretary Muhammad Yusuf Tarigami said bail granted to Liyaqat nourishes hope for his fair trial. “Liyaqat’s arrest had caused a setback to the state government’s policy of return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri youth who had crossed over to the other side of the LoC,” he said.
“His arrest reflected that there has been some sort of misunderstanding and lack of coordination between the state and central government over the return and rehabilitation policy of Kashmiri youth.”
Engineer Rashid: “Releasing Liyaqat on bail indicates how Kashmiris are being treated by Delhi. Despite being innocent, he remained behind the bars for over two months. There are dozens like him who have met the same fate. It was after the intervention of Home Minister and J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that Liyaqat’s case was highlighted,” he said. “Only God can save them who have no influence or access to politicians,” Rashid opined.
Hurriyat (M): Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said it is very unfortunate that Liyaqat was put behind bars without any evidence against him. “He spent over two months in prison which reflects fault in the system of Delhi Police. This has proved that Delhi Police doesn’t follow the rules and books any person, especially Kashmiris, under any law they wish,” Mirwaiz told Greater Kashmir.
Hurriyat (G): The Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani accused Delhi Police of callous approach towards Kashmir. “We believe this entire rehabilitation policy is a deception. Liyaqat’s case is not the only case; there are many Kashmiris who have met the same fate. The promises made in the policy document are confined to papers,” said Ayaz Akbar, Hurriyat (G) spokesman. He said the persons who returned under the policy have been “pushed to the wall by subjecting them to highest form of humiliation.”

Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 17 May 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 18 May 2013 00:00:00 IST




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