The Ummat-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir Chairman and Mirwaiz of South Kashmir, Qazi Ahmed Yasir today censured the Hurriyat leadership for what he said maintaining silence on the prolonged detention of senior party leader, Moulana Sarjan Barkati,
Yasir welcomed the quashing of Public Safety Act on Barkati, but condemned his re-arrest immediately after his release from Kotbalwal jail.
"Barkati became pioneer of the 2016 uprising and an idol of youth but ironically like many others in jails, he has also been forgotten by everyone, including the leaders of movement," Yasser said in a statement.
"Lawmakers raising Barkati's a slogan in the assembly was only theatrics and roadshows to sell their own products. The lawmakers were only playing politics by using tactics of Barkati while they don't even believe in a single slogan or word they say in the assembly," he said.
Barkati became popular mainly in South Kashmir during the uprising for his unique style of protests and sloganeering that pulled crowds in thousands.
He was arrested on October 1 and was subsequently booked under the PSA and shifted to Kotbalwal jail. "While the court had quashed his PSA but the police arrested him again, which is not only illegal but also abuse of his rights," Yasir said.
"People should be concerned about everyone who is languishing in jail, just like Barkati. So many youths and leaders were arrested for being part of the uprising and once everything was back to normal, people moved ahead and forgot. Even the pro-freedom leaders have not once condemned Barkati's PSA or re-arrest, who was instrumental in changing the dynamics of protests in South Kashmir," he said.
"Such a treatment by pro-freedom leadership to people who are pillars of the movement only disheartens them from everything and develops discontent against each other, which is also detrimental in breeding a fresh leadership," he said.
He also demanded that Government of India should release Pakistani citizen, Rubina and her son, from the jail on humanitarian grounds "as it has not been her fault that she lost her documents."