India arrests senior Kashmir leader under controversial law
[DAWN] A parliament member who is a senior pro-India politician in Indian Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it
Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
e was arrested on Monday under a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial.
Why arrest a pro-India Pol?
Farooq Abdullah, 81, who also was the former chief minister of occupied Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA) at his residence in Srinagar, the summer capital and main city of the disputed Himalayan region.
"We have arrested him, and a committee will decide how long the arrest will be," said Muneer Khan, a top police official.
Abdullah is the first pro-India politician who has been arrested under PSA, under which rights activists say more than 20,000 Kashmiris have been detained in the last two decades.
Abdullah’s residence was declared a subsidiary jail and he, as well as other Kashmiri leaders, was put under house arrest on August 5 when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government in New Delhi stripped Indian Kashmire of semi-autonomy and statehood.
On August 6, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah denied to the lower house of Parliament that Abdullah were tossed into the calaboose or arrested.
"If he (Abdullah) does not want to come out of his house, he cannot be brought out at gunpoint," Shah had said, when other parliamentarians expressed concern over Abdullah’s absence during the debate on Kashmir’s status.
According to The Wire, the decision to apply PSA on the National Conference president came on Sunday night, ahead of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko's habeas corpus petition in the Indian Supreme Court.
The publication reported that the absence of any papers justifying the former chief minister's arrest would have been an embarrassment for the centre during the petition hearing.
Posted by: Fred 2019-09-17